SHELBY CO., Tenn. - FOX13 uncovered new information about the Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy who was arrested for buying drugs at a Memphis restaurant.
Undercover Memphis police officers arrested Deputy Jeffery Crossley, 27, when he met them at a Cracker Barrel to purchase oxycodone.
The undercover officers had called Crossley about purchasing the pills after getting tipped off that he was looking to buy some, according to police.
After he purchased five Oxycodone pills from the officers inside the restaurant, Crossley was arrested.
Inside his car, they found two handguns, various drugs, a radio which belongs to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and other law enforcement related items, police said.
But after reviewing Crossley’s personal files, there were multiple warning signs that showed potential red flags.
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Crossley had been reprimanded for abusing the sick leave policy. That infraction was found in the official copy of his personal file that contained his evaluations.
Mike Collins, retired SCSO deputy, said that should have been a red flag.
“A supervisor noted Deputy Jeffery Crossley had several cases of excessive or frequent use of sick leave,” Collins said. “He is taking sick leave in combination with off days and vacation. That is a red flag big time.”
Collins said someone at the sheriff’s office should have called Crossley in for a sit-down.
“This is ongoing, and somebody saw it,” said Collins. “This is not a one-time occurrence.”
Collins believes that had a supervisor pressed the issue further, Crossley might have gotten help. The report did not specify when Crossley’s alleged drug use began.
His next court date is set for Jan. 23.
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