Another Memphis police officer arrested in ‘Tarnished Blue’

By Christopher Conley
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lowell-Duke-1_t220A Memphis police officer was arrested Thursday morning at work inside the Union Station in Midtown by a joint task force of DEA and FBI agents in the ongoing Tarnished Blue investigation, officials said Thursday.

The officer, identified as Lowell Duke, a 13-year veteran, is the subject of a federal grand jury indictment, officials said.

He faces charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said.

“I have made a pledge,” Godwin said Thursday night, “to rid this department of bad officers. We will continue to investigate any others involved in criminal activity.”

He could not say whether the alleged crimes happened while the officer was on duty.

Godwin said it does not appear that other officers are going to be charged with Duke.

Part of the indictment remains under seal, and it was not clear Thursday when the indictment was returned.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to release information this morning outlining the charges, officials said.

“I can confirm that a Memphis Police Department officer was arrested,” said FBI Special Agent Joel Siskovic, “but I cannot comment further.”

The Memphis DEA office is the lead agency in this particular arrest, Siskovic said.

DEA Resident Agent in Charge Keith Brown could not comment on the case, except to say the case continued to develop Thursday.

“There’s other things going on,” Brown said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office couldn’t be reached for comment.

Since 2003, at least 34 officers and civilian employees of the department have been indicted on corruption charges, including ticket fixing, robbery, prostitution, extortion and drug conspiracy, in the Tarnished Blue and other investigations.

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