Former Shelby County corrections deputy indicted on federal drug trafficking charges

Former Shelby County corrections deputy indicted on federal drug trafficking charges
Marcus Green

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A former Shelby County corrections deputy is facing an indictment on federal drug charges.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment for Marcus Green, 37, for distribution and possession of a controlled substance. Green was arrested in April during a compliance check that was part of a multi-county operation. A probation officer noted smelling a strong odor of marijuana at Green’s house. Authorities returned with a search warrant and found 745 grams of marijuana, more than $6,000 in cash and paraphernalia commonly used for drug sales.

Green is facing up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 find and two years of supervised release if convicted.

Green was already on federal supervised release for a 2015 drug conviction when he was arrested in April. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Green, then a corrections deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, devised a plan to smuggle drugs into the jail in exchange for money.

Green was charged with three counts of attempting to possess schedule II narcotics with intent to distribute. He pleaded guilty to one count and was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, plus two years of supervised release, which was extended a year.

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