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Deputy charged with misconduct, theft

Jeff McCall (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Jeff McCall (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Shelby County sheriff's deputy is accused of stealing money from homes raided for drugs and other crimes, officials said Friday.

Jeff McCall has been arrested and charged with Official Misconduct and Theft of Property.

McCall joined the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in 2001, and in 2006, he was assigned to the narcotics unit. According to an affidavit of complaint, the FBI and sheriff's office set up a sting after complaints the narcotics detective was stealing money from suspected drug dealers.

Those complaints, according to Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell, came from co-workers.

"So we've got good officers," Luttrell said. "The vast majority of our officers are good. And good officers don't want to work with bad officers."

Investigators set up a phony drug traffic stop Thursday, leaving McCall in control of a bait car that had drugs and $4,200 inside.  The affidavit states McCall turned in $3,800 from the car, keeping $400, which he used to purchase a Sony PlayStation 3.

Luttrell said McCall could face other charges.

"We're following up on some additional leads to see if indeed it is more pervasive," he said. "At this point we don't have any indication of that."

McCall, who is out on bond, could also face federal charges.  Luttrell said investigators believe he was working alone.

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