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LAW OFFICER ACCUSED OF ALERTING DRUG DEALERS

A veteran law enforcement officer has been charged with tipping off drug dealers about an undercover police investigation.

Sgt. Jeffrey McDonald, 42, was released on $10,000 bail Thursday on a felony charge of second-degree hindering.

He had been arrested two days earlier in connection with at least one unspecified incident that apparently involved drugs, Livingston County Sheriff John York said.

McDonald, who joined the Sheriff's Department 22 years ago, may have given investigative information to drug dealers who were under police surveillance, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported Saturday, citing unidentified sources.

"This has devastated this agency," the sheriff said. "Nobody can believe it."

A grand jury will hear evidence to determine if further charges should be brought against McDonald.

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