MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Another Memphis Police officer was on the wrong side of the law after he was caught buying 10 kilos of cocaine.
MPD Officer Melvin Victor Robinson is charged with Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute after a duffel bag full of cocaine was found on January 26, 2012 in his squad car. According to investigators, Robinson had arranged to purchase the drugs in November, and unwittingly did so from an undercover informant. The transaction occurred while Robinson was on duty and in uniform.
Robinson has been employed with the Memphis Police Department since October 2008. He is currently relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
If convicted, Robinson faces up to life in prison and up to $10 million in fines.
“The citizens of Memphis have a right to expect police officers to be held to a higher standard and as Director I fully understand this and demand the same. I will continue to do all that I can to rid this department of officers who have not made up their minds whether they want to honor their oaths, or engage in criminal activity,” said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.