Former police officer sentenced on drug charges

(WMC-TV) – A former Memphis police officer will spend four years in prison after confessing to drug charges.

Michael Shane Sinnock, 37, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of attempted possession with the intent to distribute hydrocodone.

Sinnock approached a confidential informant to ask about purchasing one pound of marijuana. When the informant told him he would be traveling to Texas to pick up 200 pounds of marijuana, Sinnock increased his order to two pounds.

When the informant asked for a meeting, Sinnock showed up in uniform and in his patrol car.

Immediately following the transaction in December 2011, Sinnock was arrested.

"Mr. Sinnock brazenly abused the trust placed in him by the citizens of our community and today he faced the consequences of his actions," said Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee in a written statement. "We will continue to bring to justice those who hide behind their badges and disgrace the integrity of their oath to protect and serve."

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