At a press conference Monday, U.S. Attorney David Kustoff and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin identified the officers as Patrolman Ted M. Williams of the Traffic Enforcement Unit and Officer Terrance Lashun Harris of the Southeast Precinct. They were arrested Sunday and are in custody pending a Monday afternoon court appearance.
The arrests bring to 19 the total number of Memphis policemen arrested in the wide-ranging corruption investigation.
Williams, 43, has been on the force since 1994. He is charged with robbing drug dealers traveling on Interstate 40 in Memphis. An undercover informant set up a sting operation supposedly involving Mexicans dealing marijuana. Harris, 32, has been an officer since 1997. He is charged with dealing cocaine. An undercover investigation began after IRS agents told police that Harris had assets far in excess of his income. He owns a Dixie Queen fast food restaurant, a house in Southaven, a 2003 Hummer, a 2001 Corvette, and had deposited $132,297 in the bank between March and May of 2004.