Former Georgia officer pleads guilty to extortion charges

Federal prosecutors say a former police officer in Georgia has pleaded guilty to charges of extortion and drug trafficking conspiracy.

U.S Attorney John Horn says in a statement Friday that Charles Hubbard used his position with the Auburn Police Department to assist drug traffickers and used his patrol car to steal drugs and money. Auburn is about 40 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Federal prosecutors say wiretaps found Hubbard agreed to pull over a person carrying drugs in exchange for a $5,000 payment.

Investigators say Hubbard took a confidential source's money in April. They say he wore clothing at the time identifying himself as a police officer and while using his official vehicle and that he gave the person a fake drug task force receipt. Officers found similar blank receipts after arresting Hubbard.

Hubbard's sentencing is set for Nov. 7.