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Memphis police officer arrested during Thursday round-up

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer was arrested Thursday during a round-up by the police department.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said the arrest was part of a four month undercover operation, which netted a total of 54 indictments, with charges ranging from drugs to robbery and theft.

"The street gangs represented in this group are Crips, Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, (and) Traveling Vice Lords," Godwin said. "The youngest suspect is 16 years of age. The oldest is a 51-year-old female."

The officer arrested Thursday, 36-year-old Ravell Slayton, was charged with official misconduct and theft. Slayton has been an officer in Memphis for eight years.

Officials said Slayton, his brother, and a known gang member, Marcus Guy, are accused in a scheme involving drugs, a burglary, and stolen property.

"He admitted he had been present at his brother's house while on duty, in uniform, in a marked squad car, while drugs were being sold from the residence," Godwin said.
Godwin said Guy burglarized homes in Chickasaw Gardens, and Slayton and his brother would take the items and sell them.

"Here we have an officer and his brother acting as a fence, the officer assisting him, while Marcus Guy committed the burglaries," Godwin said.

In an unrelated matter, a second Memphis police officer was arrested Thursday. 45-year-old Lt. Billy Smallwood was charged with selling information from a police department database.

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