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NYPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Helping Distribute Oxycodone In Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- An NYPD officer pleaded not guilty in Burlington, Vermont Wednesday, after being arrested for allegedly conspiring to distribute oxycodone.

Andre Clarke of the Bronx -- who has been an NYPD officer since 2002 -- was arrested on Monday in Queens for conspiring to distribute oxycodone in Vermont from 2011 through June 2014.

A federal grand jury in Burlington handed down the multi-count indictment on July 7, charging Clarke and co-defendants Michael Foreste and Dannis Hackney.

Prosecutors claimed Clarke supplied oxycodone to Foreste. He, in turn, supplied the pills to Dannis Hackney, who sold them in Burlington.

Clarke, 37, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Wednesday.

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