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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Gregory Lee Harvey, Jr. was denied bond Monday afternoon as he made his first court appearance via closed circuit television from jail.

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11Alive's Duffie Dixon has learned Harvey, 27, is actually on federal probation awaiting trial for his alleged part in a drug trafficking scheme that the feds busted in February.

According to the criminal complaint, Harvey faces charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Federal investigators say Harvey and others provided security for undercover cocaine transactions.  While some of the accused were officers, others like Harvey were not.

Harvey is now in jail, charged with driving a stolen car and murder after the death of DeKalb County Police Officer Ivorie Klusmann. 

Chief Alexander said Klusmann had pulled Harvey over and had taken his information when the driver sped off. Klusmann began to chase him, but was told to stop per department policy. When he heard a radio call that another officer had stopped the same driver, Klusmann began to head in that direction. 

He never arrived; his car slammed into a tree. Klusmann was killed at the scene.

Dianna Blue said as a mother, she has one message for the driver: "If you would've never took off, my baby would be coming through the front door every day," she said.

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