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Police lieutenant and sergeant sell drugs outside school while they were on duty

By Mason White 1:26 PM November 14, 2017
Ronald Glen Shupe (L) and Elmer Kenneth Lane

People were shocked to learn that two police officers were selling drugs while they were on duty, according to police in Tennessee.

Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Drug Investigation Division, with the assistance of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has resulted in the indictment of the two Mountain City police officers on a variety of drug-related charges.

At the request of 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, TBI Special Agents began investigating allegations that Mountain City Police Lieutenant Ronald Glen Shupe, 44, and Sergeant Elmer Kenneth Lane, 61, were involved in the use and distribution of illegal narcotics.

During the course of the investigation, TBI agents learned that Shupe and Lane were involved in obtaining, distributing, and using controlled substances both on and off duty.

Further investigation revealed that some of the transactions occurred within a school zone.

During an undercover operation conducted by the TBI, FBI, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Shupe was found to be in possession of a quantity of Oxycodone pills while on duty.

He was arrested and taken into federal custody.

A Johnson County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Shupe with possession of drugs with intent to deliver in a school zone, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, official misconduct, and theft of property valued at $1,000 or less.

The Grand Jury also returned indictments charging Lane with conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to deliver in a school zone, solicitation to commit delivery of drugs, and simple possession of drugs.

He was arrested and booked into the Johnson County Jail on $25,000 bond.