California police detective pleads not guilty

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Updated: 3/21/2014 5:39 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno police detective has said he's not guilty of taking a $20,000 bribe from a suspected drug dealer.

KFSN-TV reports that Derik Carson Kumagai, a 40-year-old vice intelligence squad detective in the Fresno Police Department, pleaded not guilty in court to federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and extortion.

Kumagai was arrested Tuesday, and a judge released him from jail after Wednesday's court hearing, saying the detective did not pose a risk of running from the charges. He was required to give up his passport.

Prosecutors accuse Kumagai of accepting the bribe in exchange for making a drug dealer a paid police informant. Kumagai remains on paid leave until his criminal case is resolved.

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