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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 13, 2019

Former Shelby County Sheriff’s Corrections Deputy Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

Memphis, TN – A former Shelby County Sheriff’s Corrections Deputy has been indicted on federal drug charges. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictment today.

Marcus Green, 37, who is currently on federal supervised release, has been indicted on new drug charges. In 2015, Green was charged with three counts of attempting to possess Schedule II narcotics with the intent to distribute. Green devised a scheme to smuggle narcotics into the county jail at 201 Poplar in exchange for money.

On July 21, 2015, Green pled guilty to count one of the indictment. He was charged with attempting to possess Schedule II narcotics with intent to distribute. On November 24, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Jon Phipps McCalla sentenced Green to 12 months and one day of imprisonment and two years of supervised release. Due to a supervised release violation, Green’s supervised release was extended for a year.

On April 3, 2019, while conducting a home check at Green’s residence during "Operation Crime Driver", a U.S. Probation Officer notified the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office about the strong odor of marijuana during the home check. That same day, Tipton County officers, with search warrant in-hand, conducted a search at Green’s residence and discovered 745 grams of marijuana packaged in a number of bags, digital scales, plastic baggies and $6,627 in U.S. currency.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Being a former law enforcement officer and having previously been convicted of a drug offense, this defendant should have known better than to continue his criminal conduct. Unfortunately, he chose to reoffend while on supervised release. This is exactly the type of recidivist behavior that Operation Crime Driver was designed to detect and apprehend, and I commend the good work of our law enforcement partners in Tipton County."

On May 1, 2019, a criminal complaint charging Green with distribution and possession of a controlled substance was filed. A federal grand jury returned an indictment against him on May 7, 2019. This offense is punishable by imprisonment of up to five years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000, and a two-year term of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Hord is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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

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Contact: 
Cherri Green Public Information Officer Cherri.Green@usdoj.gov 901-544-4231
Updated May 13, 2019