A former Arkansas State Police lieutenant accused of taking drugs from the agency's evidence room and selling them to a dealer has entered an innocent plea in federal court.
Sedrick Reed entered the plea Tuesday afternoon in a brief appearance before U.S. Magistrate H. David Young in Little Rock.
Reed, 43, spoke only to acknowledge he understood the charges against him, which include counts of participating in a drug conspiracy, distributing cocaine and possession with intention to distribute heroin.
Reed was fired and arrested last month on accusations he removed cocaine from the evidence room days prior and provided it to 45-year-old Lamont Johnson, who then sold it to a confidential informant who was working with law enforcement.
Johnson also appeared in court Tuesday and entered an innocent plea.
A Sept. 24 trial date was set for both men, though preliminary trial dates are often delayed.
Both men face up to life in prison.