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Vanessa Edwards-Hamm indicted for allegedly alerting person under surveillance

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A Prince George’s County Police officer was indicted in connection with an investigation into drug dealing in D.C.

The officer, Vanessa Edwards-Hamm, 38, is one of 17 people arrested and facing charges. She was indicted on one count of document tampering, and authorities say she alerted a drug ring of the FBI’s electronic surveillance.

The 17-person ring is accused of peddling cocaine, heroin, and prescription pills out of the Potomac Garden and Hopkins apartments in Southeast D.C.

So who exactly did the nine-year veteran of P.G. County Police tip off? The U.S. attorney won't say, but her older brother Mark Edwards has allegedly been arrested as part of the drug ring.

The conduct is troubling since Corporal Edwards-Hamm has investigated narcotics cases throughout the county for six years.

“In this case, a police officer sworn to uphold the law is accused of undermining law enforcement by revealing covert electronic surveillance,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen in a prepared statement. "This prosecution demonstrates our commitment to holding accountable drug dealers and the people who enable their illicit activities."

Edwards was assigned to the Narcotic Enforcement Division until the department transferred her after learning about the investigation.

She has been suspended without pay after an internal suspension hearing.

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