Memphis Police Officer Indicted for Unlawful Cocaine Use

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A federal grand jury indicted an officer with the Memphis Police Department was indicted today for possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of, and addicted to, cocaine base. According to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday, James Erwin, 39, admitted to using a controlled substance for four months. This time including Tuesday, when he took his work-issued pistol to a friend‘s house. An individual advised Memphis Police Department officers that he has sold cocaine base to Erwin for several years, and that on Tuesday, that individual took several of Erwin‘s personal items as security for Erwin‘s crack cocaine debt. If convicted, Erwin faces up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release of up to three years.