Personnel file reveals Memphis officer's past troubles

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer who has been on the force for less than three years has now been taken off the job at least twice.

Tramaine Johnson's most recent troubles began at Tennessee State University in Nashville.  Campus police said they smelled marijuana coming from the van in which the Memphis officer and several others were riding last weekend.

A spokesperson said upon searching the van, they did find marijuana.

This is not the first time marijuana has caused problems for the 26-year-old officer.  According to his personnel file, Johnson was the target of an administrative investigation in April after drug residue, digital scales, baggies and a stolen handgun were found inside his Hickory Hill apartment he shared with a known Vice Lord gang member.

Police came to the apartment after the gun accidentally went off.

Johnson, who was apparently not there at the time, had an administrative hearing during which he was given a 20-day suspension for violating rules regarding personal conduct.

The allegations involving drugs were dismissed, since there was no proof Johnson was illegally using or selling them.

In addition to violations related to an apparent drug operation inside his apartment, Johnson was reprimanded for working as a security guard at his apartment complex without notifying the department.

Johnson is currently on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the drug charges out of Nashville.

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