BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore City police officer accused of helping to deal drugs appears in court.

Officer Ashley Roane made her initial appearance Monday afternoon.

Investigators say the 25-year-old officer was paid off to provide armed and uniformed protection for a person she thought was a major heroin dealer.

That person really turned out to be an informant working for the cops.

Roane and her roommate, 25-year-old Erica Hughes, are also charged in an elaborate identity theft scheme, involving more than 30 victims.

Right now, Roane is detained pending a detention hearing set for Tuesday.

Hughes is released on home detention with electronic monitoring.

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