LITTLE ROCK — A former Helena-West Helena police officer snared in a federal sting operation was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison.
Marlene Kalb, who was a police sergeant, was convicted in December on two counts of attempted extortion under color of official right and two counts of attempt to posses cocaine with intent to deliver.
Kalb’s convictions stem from Operation Delta Blues, a joint federal-state investigation targeting public corruption and drug trafficking in eastern Arkansas.
She was accused of providing a police escort with her police car for a purported drug trafficker, who was actually a confidential informant working with the FBI.
Four other former law enforcement officers indicted in the case previously pleaded guilty and are serving sentences ranging from 14 months to 80 months in prison.
A sixth former officer, Roxanne Davis, is set for trial May 20 in federal court.
Davis, a former probation officer, is charged with attempted interference with commerce by means of extortion.