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MPD officer indicted for having work-issued pistol while using crack cocaine

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The DOJ says James Erwin, 39, was addicted to the drug. The DOJ says James Erwin, 39, was addicted to the drug.
It is unclear where investigators caught up with Erwin, but he was in jail by the end of Wednesday evening. It is unclear where investigators caught up with Erwin, but he was in jail by the end of Wednesday evening.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A federal grand jury indicted a Memphis police officer Thursday for possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of crack cocaine, according to the Department of Justice. The DOJ says James Erwin, 39, was addicted to the drug.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday says Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents interviewed Erwin, who admitted to using a controlled substance for four months, including a time when he took his work-issued Sig Sauer pistol to a friend's house.

An individual told Memphis Police Department officers that he sold crack cocaine to Erwin for several years. On Tuesday, the same individual said he took several of Erwin's personal items as security for crack cocaine debt.

Many neighbors are just as saddened as shocked by the report.

"I'd hope he'd get help for it, because he has a real good family," said neighbor Chris Weiss.

Weiss said on Wednesday morning nearly a dozen marked and unmarked government vehicles were outside Erwin's home. Erwin was reported missing Tuesday night after police say Erwin's wife became concerned when he failed to return home from borrowing a lawn mower.

It is unclear where investigators caught up with Erwin, but he was in jail by the end of Wednesday evening.

If convicted, Erwin faces up to 10 years in prison. He has since been relieved of duty from Memphis Police Department.

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