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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cop arrested for helping bank robber

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By MIKE MORRIS - Friday, October 10, 2008

An East Point police officer was being held without bond Friday in Fulton County Jail for allegedly providing information to a man wanted in a string of bank robberies. Officer Nicole Drane, 33, was arrested Thursday and charged with 18 felony counts, including multiple counts of hindering the apprehension and punishment of a criminal, unauthorized disclosure of criminal history, bribery and violating her oath of office. Drane is accused of helping Malik Dillard, a suspect in 10 bank robberies in Georgia and 12 other East Coast states, said Det. Cliff Chandler, a spokesman for the East Point Police Department After recently being apprehended by the FBI, Dillard allegedly told investigators that he would call Drane after some of the robberies to find out if police were looking for him. FBI officials quickly alerted East Point police, who arrested Drane after conducting their own investigation. Drane’s relationship to Dillard remained unclear Friday afternoon, Chandler said. East Point police have turned the matter over to the district attorney’s office. “I think we’re pretty much done with [the case] on our end,” Chandler said. Staff writer John Hollis and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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