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Millington Police officer suspended

A Millington police officer, suspended with pay, could be tied to a much larger investigation involving drugs and a suspended Shelby County Sheriff's deputy.

Monday, Sgt. Melvin Johnson was off the job at the Millington Police Department.

Johnson joined the department 12 years ago. His personnel record is exemplary, with one memo in his file calling him "the best kept secret in the City of Millington."

Police Chief Rick Jewell said the department received information last week on possible misconduct by Johnson.

Action News 5 asked Johnson Monday afternoon to explain what was going on.

"I want to refer to an attorney before I say anything," Johnson said. "I don't know a lot that's going on myself."

Chief Jewell would only say another agency tipped him off. Sources say Johnson gave out sensitive information regarding the Millington Police Department that could have jeopardized other officers.

The case is linked to a larger federal investigation and drug indictments involving several people including, a man named Tim Broom and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Denford Galloway, who was suspended last month with pay.

According to an indictment, Broom ran a tire business in Millington, leasing it from Graves.

"The day the police came over here, I went out and changed the locks, and took back my building," Graves said.

He said before the arrest, Broom was at the business almost everyday. Graves said he also frequently saw Officer Johnson at the business.

Graves says he doesn't know if Johnson ever went into the business.

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