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Deputy charged with extortion is also a professional poker player

Jeremy Drewery (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Jeremy Drewery (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
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    Jeremy Drewery (Source: SCSO)Jeremy Drewery (Source: SCSO)

    The parking lot at Bellevue Baptist is just one location where a now former Shelby County sheriff's deputy is accused of extorting money. New charges filed in federal court now accuse that same former deputy of more extortion.

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    The parking lot at Bellevue Baptist is just one location where a now former Shelby County sheriff's deputy is accused of extorting money. New charges filed in federal court now accuse that same former deputy of more extortion.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A professional poker player and Shelby County Sheriff's deputy is now behind bars, accused of trying to extort money from a suspected drug dealer.

Jeremy Drewery has won millions of dollars playing poker. He's placed in several big tournaments in Tunica, Biloxi, and Las Vegas, and he's even listed on the World Series of Poker website. 

However, Shelby County Sheriff's Office said his poker success didn't keep him from trying to get money out of a drug dealer.

Investigators said Drewery pocketed Oxycontin, Xanax, and marijuana while executing a search warrant on August 3. He then allegedly told the suspected drug dealer he could guarantee their freedom for $15,000.

On August 10, he met the suspected drug dealer and took $3,000. Over the next few days, investigators said Drewery sent threatening text messages to the suspected drug dealer. Drewery took a $2,000 payment from the suspect in the Bellevue Baptist Church parking lot. The two met a third time and Drewery accepted another $3,000 payment.

It's unclear if Drewery's gambling has anything to do with the extortion accusations.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said Drewery is on unpaid leave as the investigation into his actions continues.

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