Slater told police that the money found was from the dealers he supplied with pot and that the guns were for protection. He has two prior felony drug convictions, the release said.
"We owe it to our law enforcement officers to do everything we can to protect them on the job," Goodwin said in the statement. "We've seen too many tragic, senseless law enforcement deaths in situations just like this: routine encounters that suddenly turn violent.
"Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to keep the rest of us safe. I will spare no effort in prosecuting anyone who attacks them."
Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman, said Hammontree has since returned to duty though he did undergo a blood test after the encounter to ensure no illnesses were transmitted when he was bitten. Baylous said blood tests are typical after injury or incidents where blood and saliva are involved.
Slater faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison but could be sentenced up to life in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 18.
State Police along with Putnam sheriff's deputies and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Loew handled the prosecution.
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