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Pair released in wake of 'Tarnished Badge' probe

Posted July 21, 2008 5:48 p.m. EDT

— Two people put behind bars by Robeson County deputies later convicted in a corruption investigation were released from prison last week.

In 1999, Mickey and Eugene Strickland went to prison on drug charges – Eugene Strickland received a life sentence – but a judge last week gave them credit for time served and released them.

The Stricklands were convicted based on testimony from Robeson County deputies who were later targeted in the federal "Operation Tarnished Badge" investigation.

Twenty-two law enforcement officers, including former Sheriff Glenn Maynor, were charged with offenses ranging from kidnapping and money laundering to burning houses during drug raids and misusing federal funds.

The Stricklands cooperated with federal investigators for Operation Tarnished Badge. Several other people went to prison with them also are having their cases reviewed for possible resentencing.