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Ex-DeKalb cop indicted alongside suspected Suwanee drug trafficker

Evert Navarrete Manzanares

Evert Navarrete Manzanares

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William Alejandro Miguel

LAWRENCEVILLE — A former DeKalb County police officer was indicted this week alongside the Suwanee man he’s accused of accepting bribes from and helping traffic methamphetamine.

William Alejandro Miguel, then a 13-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was arrested by Gwinnett County authorities in September. On Wednesday, a Gwinnett grand jury indicted Miguel on single counts of conspiracy, bribery and violation of oath of office.

The same document indicted Evert “Pariente” Navarrete Manzanares, the alleged drug dealer he’s accused of helping in numerous ways. Manzanares is facing counts of conspiracy, bribery and trafficking in methamphetamine.

In a con that authorities have previously said reached across metro Atlanta, Miguel is accused of feeding Manzanares useful information over a period of at least six months. According to this week’s indictment, Miguel “conducted counter-surveillance of law enforcement officers in order to facilitate,” warned Manzanares “to avoid a certain area and areas of metropolitan Atlanta due to the presence of law enforcement officers for the purpose of protecting the drug trafficking organization” and accepted payment for doing so.

Miguel is also accused of providing information “to a member of a drug trafficking organization about an active law enforcement operation and investigation.”

Exact monetary values of alleged bribes were not included, nor were specific drug amounts. A trafficking methamphetamine charge means at least 400 grams of the drug were involved.

Gwinnett County jail records show Miguel and Manzanares are both being held without bond. Manzanares is also being held for immigration authorities.