CHERRYVILLE, N.C. – Casey Crawford, one of six Cherryville men accused of corruption last week, pleaded not guilty Monday and was given a $50,000 unsecured bond.
Five of the six men were at one time with either the Cherryville Police Department or the Gaston County Sheriff's Office. Authorities painted Crawford, a patrol officer with the Cherryville Police Department, as the ringleader who recruited some of the other suspects.
The men are accused of offering protection to trucks transporting stolen goods through the area. A special agent says there are audio and video recordings that prove the men knew what they were doing is illegal.
The other five suspects were scheduled to appear in court Friday. John Hendricks is out of jail on bond, David Mauney remains in jail on a $50,000 bond, bond was denied for Frankie Dellinger, and Wesley Golden and Mark Hoyle waived their bond hearings until a later date.