An officer with the Memphis police force was arrested by the West Tennessee Drug Task Force, officials said late last week.
The District Attorney’s Office said officer Joshua McCann, 34, was arrested Thursday night in a “reverse drug transaction” in the parking lot of a Walmart in Humboldt, Tennessee while wearing a Memphis Police Department t-shirt.
McCann met with an undercover officer posing as a pill dealer and purchased 38 hydrocodone tablets for $120, officials say.
The officer was arrested immediately, and the 38 pills were recovered from the car he was driving.
Investigators say they also found a set of digital scales containing drug residue, a bullet proof vest and a loaded Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun with extra magazines.
McCann was taken to the Gibson County jail and booked on charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to sell, Possession of a handgun during the commission of a dangerous felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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Obviously the drug war is a farce and voluntary exchanges and possession of things like drugs and guns should not be criminalized, but it is pertinent to point out when officers don’t follow the very laws they initiate force against the rest of us for breaking.
Especially when they are brazen enough to show up to a drug deal wearing a T-shirt repping their department.
McCann was released on a $30,000 bond and has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of his criminal investigation.