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Former Memphis Officer Sentenced On Drug Charges

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former Memphis police officer has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for attempting to buy drugs while on duty.

The U.S. attorney's office for West Tennessee said 37-year-old Michael Sinnock was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in June to one count of attempted possession of hydrocodone with the intent to distribute.

Prosecutors said Sinnock had approached a confidential informant about buying marijuana and 20 Lortab pills.

Sinnock met with the informant this past Dec. 14 about the marijuana while on duty and in uniform.

Sinnock was also on duty in a second meeting with the informant. The officer was arrested when he exited his patrol car and received the pills from the informant.

More than 20 Memphis officers have been arrested or convicted in the past year.

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