Memphis police officer among dozens indicted in drug case

(WMC-TV) - The U.S. Attorney's office for West Tennessee announced an indictment Thursday in a multiple defendant drug conspiracy case.

U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton announced nearly two dozen people had been indicted for possession with intent to distribute 1000 kilos on marijuana.

Because a Memphis police officer was among those indicted, Police Director Toney Armstrong joined the US Attorney and DEA officials to announce the charges.

Stanton said Officer Eric Johnson is accused of participating in the possession and/or distribution of 1000 kilos of marijuana in a large-scale multi-state operation.

The accusation remains an ongoing investigation, therefore the details of officer Johnson's involvement are limited.

Officials said Johnson was arrested this morning at the Mt. Moriah Station precinct.

"It's disheartening to me as director of police services to find out one of our officers in involved," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said. "However, I'm hoping others learn that nobody is above the law."

The Feds say this investigation started two years ago, and that additional arrests are possible.

Most of the 25 indicted are in federal custody.

Johnson has been a Memphis police officer for nearly six years, and is on leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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