Memphis deputy accused of buying drugs from undercover cop
A Tennessee deputy faces charges after he was busted purchasing drugs from an undercover officer, authorities said.
Jeffery Crossley, a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Thursday in Memphis on charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
The Memphis Police Department said Crossley, 27, arranged to buy five Oxycodone pills for $125 from the undercover cop.
The officer reportedly reached out to Crossley after receiving a tip that he was looking to buy Oxycodone.
Crossley told her his regular supplier was giving him the runaround for two weeks, police said. He reportedly agreed to buy several pills and said that he knew a lot of people looking to buy Oxycodone who he would send to her.
The police report said Crossley met the officer around 8 p.m. inside a local Cracker Barrel and they exchanged the pills.
Crossley was then detained by officers as he got into his pickup truck outside the restaurant, police said.
“We wear this badge with a lot of pride and a lot of public trust is behind it. For a deputy to conduct himself in this manner is disheartening,” Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Anthony Buckner told news station WREG.
The sheriff’s office placed Crossley on administrative leave without pay, according to the news station.