Crockett County Deputy Sentenced in West Tennessee on Federal Drug Trafficking Violations
Memphis, TN – A former Crockett County Sheriff’s Deputy has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison on cocaine trafficking and firearms charges. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.
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.
"No one is above the law. It is especially disheartening when those entrusted to protect and serve our communities commit criminal acts. Those who do so should know: We will use all our resources to come after you." said Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney, Western District of Tennessee.
The suspect was arrested on Friday, February 17, 2017, on a federal complaint. The federal grand jury in Jackson returned the indictment on February 21, 2017.
Johnie Carter, Special Agent in Charge, Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, 28th Judicial District said: "When a Law Enforcement Officer commits a criminal act, they violate the trust of the community as well as their fellow Law Enforcement Officers. It angers everyone involved and tarnishes the badge that 99% of officers work so hard at keeping polished. The West Tennessee Drug Task Force works very hard at ridding West
Tennessee of the dangerous drugs and violent crime and those who are responsible. A Law Enforcement Officer is no different and must face the same justice as anyone else."
On August 8, 2017, Chief United States District Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced Fields to 87 months’ imprisonment and 3 years supervised release. While sentencing Fields, Judge Anderson said "this case was one of the most troublesome cases of official corruption he had seen my time on the bench."
This 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Wilson prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.