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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Crockett County Deputy Indicted in West Tennessee on Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

Jackson, TN – A former Crockett County Sheriff’s Deputy has been indicted on federal drug and gun charges. Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and Michael T. Gavin, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the FBI, announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Calvin Fields with federal drug trafficking and gun violations.

"Individuals who engage in criminal conduct and violate the public’s trust, including those who take an oath to protect and serve our community, will be held accountable for their actions," said U.S. Attorney Stanton. "No one is above the law."

According to the indictment, on February 13, 2017, Calvin Fields aided and abetted others in the distribution of a mixture of substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. Mr. Fields was in possession of a Glock .40 caliber pistol in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.

Federal agents arranged surveillance and saw Calvin Fields stationed in his patrol vehicle while on duty, providing security while cocaine was being delivered by an undercover cooperating source.

The suspect was arrested last Friday, February 17, 2017, on a federal complaint. The federal grand jury in Jackson returned the indictment on February 21, 2017.

"No one is above the law, especially those who have sworn an oath to uphold the law," said Michael T. Gavin, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Public corruption is the number one criminal priority of the FBI and we will continue to work with our partners to bring to justice those who would seek to line their own pockets and in doing so jeopardize the safety of the public."

Charges in the indictment stem from the illegal activity of distributing powder cocaine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug-trafficking crime.

For the two counts, the penalty is not less than five years in prison and up to life imprisonment, a $1,250,000 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by members of the FBI Memphis Division’s Jackson Resident Agency, the Crockett County Sheriff’s Office and the 28th Judicial District Violent Crime and Drug Task Force. This investigation is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matt Wilson on the government’s behalf.

The charges and allegations in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 22, 2017