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Memphis Police Officer Indicted For Marijuana Trafficking

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say 25 people, including a Memphis police officer, have been indicted for trafficking in marijuana and methamphetamine.

Edward Stanton, the U.S. Attorney for West Tennessee, said Thursday that Memphis police patrolman Eric Johnson and 24 others were indicted by two separate grand juries and charged with distributing more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. One man who was charged with marijuana distribution was also charged with distributing meth.

Stanton said Johnson was arrested Thursday, as were most of the other people charged. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong declined to say whether Johnson used his authority as a police officer in the alleged crime.

Stanton said the arrests were part of a two-year investigation and the drug ring extended beyond Memphis and the mid-South.

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