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Jury convicts former drug agent on 7 corruption counts

Chad Scott faced charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and falsification of government records.
Credit: Max Becherer / The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate
Former DEA agent Chad Scott walks to the Hale Boggs Federal Building on the first day of a retrial regarding federal charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and falsification of government records in New Orleans, La. Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.

NEW ORLEANS — A federal jury has convicted a former drug agent on seven corruption counts.

The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports Chad Scott faced charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and falsification of government records stemming from his actions leading a drug task force that patrolled the Interstate 12 corridor.

Tuesday's verdict capped a seven-day trial, the second for Scott. Scott's first trial on the same charges ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a verdict on any of the seven counts.

The jury of six men and six women in U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo's court deliberated less than two hours before reaching a verdict.

It took two tries, but the government finally got Chad Scott. The former Drug Enforcement Administration agent has been at the center of a sweeping federal investigation since early 2016, but when special prosecutors took the case against the once-decorated agent to trial earlier this year, the jury deliberated for more than two days and was unable to come up with a unanimous verdict, forcing a mistrial.

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