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Crime Q&A: What is status of drug trafficking case involving Yuba City police officer?

Q: What is the status of the cases against Yuba City police officer Harminder Singh Phagura and Gursharan Phagura, who were arrested for cocaine trafficking?

Frank, Folsom

A: Harminder Singh Phagura and Gursharan Phagura are awaiting trial in federal court in Sacramento on charges of bribery and conspiracy to facilitate narcotics trafficking.

The two were arrested in April 2015 and have pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to court records available online, their next court date, for a status conference, is June 24.

A federal indictment accuses each man of accepting $3,000 from a Department of Homeland Security informant, ostensibly so the informant could conduct drug deals in Yuba City without interference from law enforcement. The three allegedly cooperated in three such deals, although they were “simulations” set up by Homeland Security through the informant, according to the indictment.

Harminder Phagura allegedly used his authority as an officer to gather sensitive law enforcement information, which Gursharan Phagura passed on to the informant, who was posing as a cocaine peddler.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy