Vanessa Edwards-Hamm, a former officer with the Prince George’s County Police Department, pled guilty recently to unlawfully disclosing information about a wiretap being used on a target of a law enforcement investigation, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and others.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 7.She faces a maximum of five years in prison.
As a condition of the plea, Edwards-Hamm agreed to resign from the police department.
Edwards-Hamm was among 17 people indicted in July 2013 on federal charges in connection with an investigation into a network that allegedly distributed heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills in the Washington, D.C. area. She was indicted on one count each of tampering with documents or proceedings and unlawful notice of electronic surveillance.
The other 16 defendants were charged with taking part in a drug conspiracy.
According to the government’s evidence, Edwards-Hamm received information on Feb. 22, 2013, that Aaron Vaughn, the brother of one of her close friends, was under investigation for drug trafficking. She also learned that federal agents had a wiretap on his telephone number and that they previously had wiretaps on other numbers associated with him. She also learned that agents felt they had collected enough evidence for an indictment against Vaughn.
In her guilty plea, Edwards-Hamm said that on Feb. 22 or 23, 2013, she Aaron Vaughn’s brother in prison and told him that Aaron was under investigation and would be arrested. She said she also informed her own brother, Mark Edwards, to avoid Vaughn because of the investigation.
Aaron Vaughn, 35, and Mark Edwards, 40, were among the 16 defendants indicted on narcotics charges in July 2013. They have pleaded not guilty.
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