NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Metro police officer has been indicted on a slew of charges in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy.
A federal grand jury indicted 31-year-old Officer Richard Wilson on charges of corruptly soliciting, demanding, and accepting cash in connection with transactions related to his duties as a police officer, attempting to distribute cocaine, and money laundering,
The indictment states that between April 5 and June 15, Wilson attempted to distribute cocaine on two dates. He also allegedly received cash payments totaling $24,500 for his assistance to individuals he believed to be drug traffickers.
Wilson allegedly transported what he believed to be cocaine and drug money to locations in and around Nashville. On three of those occasions, Wilson was on duty, in uniform, and in an official police vehicle while assisting individuals who he believed to be drug traffickers. Wilson is also charged with money laundering in connection with one of the transactions.
Two others are also charged in the indictment. 31-year-old Michael Dwayne Wray of Murfreesboro, and 32-year-old Adam Yates. Wray is charged with attempting to distribute cocaine and money laundering. Yates is charged with attempting to distribute cocaine.
Wilson was immediately decommissioned by the Metro Police Department following his arrest Tuesday night by the FBI. He had been on the force for six years.
Wilson had been assigned to the DUI Unit in the police department's Traffic Section since December 2009. He was a patrol officer at the South Precinct from March 2007 to December 2009. He was a patrol officer at the Hermitage Precinct prior to March 2007.
An internal investigation, which is separate from the criminal case, remains active. That investigation will result in formal administrative charges accusing Wilson of violating police department rules and regulations.
Prior to joining the police department, Wilson was a General Sessions Court security officer.
U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said the indictment was the result of collaboration between the prosecutor's office, the FBI and the Nashville police department.
Wilson will make his first appearance before a federal magistrate on Monday.
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