Jury at work after ‘impasse’ in drug squad corruption case

Jurors in Philadelphia are back at work despite reporting an “impasse” as they deliberate a sweeping police corruption case.

The federal jury Tuesday says it was stuck on at least one charge in the 26-count indictment.

Six former undercover officers are accused of stealing more than $400,000 from drug suspects from 2006 to 2012.

Prosecutors say they also planted evidence and conspired to make false arrests and win unjust convictions.

Jurors have been deliberating for about 20 hours over three days.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno has urged them to try to reach a verdict given the weeks of testimony they heard.

Defense lawyers have attacked the credibility of the drug suspects-turned-government witnesses.

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