Officers arrested in drug smuggling sting given $1M bond

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two Memphis police officers are spending time locked inside a cell at 201 Poplar.

Terrion Bryson and Kevin Coleman were both given $1 million bonds during their first court appearance Monday.

The police partners were targeted in a weeks-long undercover drug smuggling investigation. The undercover sting resulted in both men being charged with multiple felonies related to drug smuggling and theft.

"These are serious, serious charges. We will deal with them as we should," attorney Leslie Ballin said. "My client--need to remind all--is presumed innocent. We entered a not guilty plea."

Ballin is representing Coleman.

Coleman joined the force in June 2012. He received high marks during his 2014 review.

"He performs his work in a fair and impartial manner...makes good decisions based on this knowledge and displays experience of an officer with more time on the job," Coleman's supervisor wrote in the 2014 review.

In March 2017, Coleman was suspended for two days after department-issued riot gear was stolen from his garage.

Bryson's personnel file revealed very little--only his education, work, and training history. He started with MPD in August 2015.

Bryson and Coleman have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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