Texas officer accused of framing ex-wife as meth dealer

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 2:13pm

A Madisonville police officer was indicted Monday for allegedly plotting to place methamphetamine on his ex-wife.

Officer Jeffrey A. Covington, 37, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, obstruction or retaliation and official oppression.

According to state prosecutors, in the summer of 2011, Covington tried to get several drug informants to plant meth in his ex-wife's, Laura Covington, vehicle. At the time, the officer was involved in a child custody battle with her.

After the meth was hidden in the victim’s vehicle, a state trooper was told she used the vehicle to distribute drugs. Unaware of the plot, the trooper stopped her vehicle, found the meth and arrested her.

She was later booked into the Madison County Jail for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. After taking over the case, Assistant Attorney General David Glickler formally notified Ms. Covington that the State would not pursue the case and the charge against her was dismissed.

If convicted on the third-degree felony charge of obstruction or retaliation, Jeffrey Covington could face from two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The state jail felony charge of delivery subjects the defendant to a possible term of up to two years in a state jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. The official oppression charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case at the request of Madison County District Attorney Brian Risinger, who recused his office from the case.

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