Metro officer decommissioned following federal drug indictment

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 3:54pm
Richard Wilson

FBI agents arrested a Nashville police officer Tuesday night after he allegedly attempted to distribute cocaine and accepted $24,500 in cash payments from persons he believed to be drug traffickers.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Officer Richard Wilson, 31, of the Metro Nashville Police Department for his alleged willingness to help those he believed to be drug traffickers to distribute cocaine and engage in money laundering, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The MNPD immediately decommissioned Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department, following his arrest. Wilson still faces an internal investigation aside from the federal criminal investigation.

The indictment also charged Michael Dwayne Wray, 31, of Murfreesboro and Adam Yates, 32, of Nashville. Wray faces charges of attempting to distribute cocaine and money laundering, while Yates faces an attempt to distribute cocaine charge.

The indictment alleges that between April 5 and June 15 of this year, Wilson attempted to distribute “purported” cocaine on two dates and received cash payments for his help. Wilson allegedly transported what he believed to be cocaine and drug money in and around Nashville on several occasions — at least three of which while he was in uniform and in a police vehicle.           

Last month according to the investigation, Wilson told undercover agents whom he believed to be drug dealers that he would help them by “providing security [and] running database checks” as well as finding storage space and transporting drug proceeds.

Metro police asked the FBI to join in an undercover investigation, which lasted several months, once the department determined one of its own, Wilson, may have aided drug distribution through his role as a police officer.

In a released statement, MNPD Chief Steve Anderson said Wilson’s alleged activity “betrayed the trust of Nashville’s citizens and the more than 1,800 honest and very hard working employees of our police department.”

Anderson added that no other police employees were implicated in the investigation.

U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said in the statement that the indictment isn’t a reflection of the police department as a whole but evidence that it would not tolerate corruption.

“The public should be confident,” Martin said, “that we will doggedly pursue anyone who hides behind a gun and a badge to commit criminal acts.”

Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess, of the FBI’s Memphis Division, said investigating public corruption is a high priority for the FBI, which would “vigorously investigate those who violate their oath and break the law.”

Wilson worked on the Metro police DUI Unit for the last year and a half. Before that, he worked as a patrol officer in the South and Hermitage precincts. According to the police department, Wilson was a General Sessions Court security officer before graduating from the police academy in 2005.

The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scarlett M. Singleton and Jimmie Lynn Ramsaur.


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20 Comments on this post:

By: lindsaysf on 6/15/11 at 8:14

Seriously, it should be a crime to be this dang fat and be a police officer. AND he was a patrol officer? He couldn't chase down my 2 year old toddler or 85 year old grandmother. Glad to know my tax dollars are going to pay fat f*&*@#s like this salaries. What a joke Metro. Is this the best we can do? How about being able to run a less than an hour. No way this guy can pass any kind of serious fitness test. Cops should be able to run a mile in less than 8 minutes. period.

By: slzy on 6/15/11 at 8:19

who hired this guy? how can you be this fat at 31?

By: Dr Danny on 6/16/11 at 5:33

I think I know where he hid the cash? :-) Check the roles in his neck. :-)

By: treehugger7 on 6/16/11 at 5:59

He could have grown up in a food desert, had parents who didn't feed their kids real food, and be too stupid to figure out for himself that this is not good. Don't cops have to be able to chase down criminals, and possibly get into small spaces from time to time? I don't think it is discrimination to fire him if he is incapable of doing his job. It's a sad state of affairs....

By: Captain Nemo on 6/16/11 at 6:07

I don’t think it is his weight we should be worried about. We should be asking more about his background checks and should these background checks needs to be reevaluated.

By: HowardJones on 6/16/11 at 6:47

Thanks for getting this guy off the streets. Great job!

By: Captain Nemo on 6/16/11 at 7:04

That is true Howard Jones. I should have added that in my post earlier.

By: njmccune on 6/16/11 at 7:13

I agree completely that this guy is simply too fat to do the job. Aside from the moral lack that would allow him to sell drugs, his inability to control his gluttony speaks to other moral issues.

Now here is the strange twist to this story... when I questioned the moral values of someone who had not paid his income taxes and weighed over 400#s and yet wanted to be the mayor of our city everyone on this forum jumped dpwn my throat....

How is this any diferent? Inability to control any of your urges makes you inelegible to serve in any public job. Period.

By: AmyLiorate on 6/16/11 at 7:35

Best post in my opinion - Nemo at 7:07

We should be extremely cautious when it comes to giving someone the job that puts them on the edge of our civil rights.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/16/11 at 7:53

Weight has little or nothing to do with morals. There are respectable people that happen to be over weight and there are people of no scruples that are thin. We can not go by the size or weight of a lone in determining the psychology of people.

Beside mug-shot; police or driver license are not very flattering to most of us. You can’t judge by a picture the morals of someone.

By: njmccune on 6/16/11 at 7:57

In both cases of which I speak, obesity shows lack of self control... this is a morality issue.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/16/11 at 8:12

The issue here is not weight, but the morale conduct of one large size man. There are health reasons for people being over weight, as well as being on certain medications. Do be so eager to paint a wide brush to encompass everyone into a certain category.

Does this mean that large football players are all guilty of having no self control?

By: AmyLiorate on 6/16/11 at 8:20

Oh no Nemo, you can't put anything on football players, they're the most prized gladiators in all of the US! Their athletic prowess allows them to escape all but the most egregious criminal prosecution that us mere mortals are held to.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/16/11 at 8:37

I suppose that we could say that people with Anorexia are the most morale. The can control their weight. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 6/16/11 at 8:37

lol Amy

By: slzy on 6/16/11 at 11:30

i can almost see his pants splitting as he jumps a wall to capture a gang banger.[not a good image]

nothing wrong with being fat and stupid,they just should'nt be in law enforcement.

ray lewis says that crime would go up if the season was cancelled and with the players having nothing to do he is so right.

By: dogmrb on 6/16/11 at 4:30

This guy is NOT over weight: he's obese.

By: njmccune on 6/16/11 at 5:18

Thank you dogmrg! You are so right. I don't know how he fits behind the wheel in a patrol car. This man is out of control in many ways. Again, I make the statement that if you cannot reign in your food intake how can you make good job decisions anywhere else.

He is giving in to impulses that are putting others in danger... the very reason that I was adamately against anyone who is morbidly obese holding public office. They are just incapable of making desisions that benefit the whole.

By: serr8d on 6/17/11 at 6:03

Not a professional look, but Mr. Wilson's immediate issue is the peddling of drugs, money laundering and abuse of privilege (granted by our now-fled Police Chief Serpant).

You can't intelligently say that one's excessive weight is indicative of felonious activity (remember Governor McWherter?), nor is carrying that much weight a definite indicator that one will fail the morals tests. Oh, but look at Michael (Jabba the Filmmaker) Moore you say? His gargantuan weight does fit well with his dirty socialistic ideology. So there's that.

Going forward, we should stick to the BMI limits that must be in place for Metro Nashville Police Officers. There is one, right?

By: serr8d on 6/17/11 at 6:06

Oh, this for slzy...