Two Memphis, Tennessee police officers were arrested after being caught in a sting operation and robbing undercover police officers during traffic stops.
Kevin Coleman and Terrion Bryson have been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver, and sell, as well as criminal attempt felony and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, reported Fox 13.
The Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit received information in February suggesting the 2 officers were stealing money and drugs during traffic stops.
Investigators say the duo performed 2 traffic stops where they stole money from an undercover officer during the sting operation.
Beyond the literal highway robberies, Bryson also contacted an undercover officer about protecting a shipment of drugs being brought into Memphis, according to the affidavit. The officers demanded $10,000, but eventually agreed to $9,000, to offer security for the shipment of 2.5 kilograms of heroin.
Coleman also allegedly threatened physical harm to the undercover officer’s family if “the arrangement was a setup.”
The 2 officers were caught on April 12, while protecting the fake shipment of heroin.
Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams spoke out against the corrupt cops.
“Even if you look at Social media you have a lot of officer speaking out against this because they are out here working hard,” Williams said. “You can have a hundred Atta boys and one booboo, something like this and it sets you back if not months but years of hard work.”
MPD said Bryson and Coleman have been relieved of duty pending this investigation and are expected in court Monday.