Knoxville police officer resigns after indictment on drug charges

Knoxville Police Department Officer Joshua Hurst testifies during a murder trial on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Knox County Criminal Court. Officials announced Wednesday that Hurst has been indicted in a drug-dealing conspiracy that illustrates the "epidemic" level of painkiller abuse in East Tennessee. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

April 20, 2016

“A decorated Knoxville police officer resigned Wednesday after being indicted in what officials described as a drug-dealing conspiracy that illustrates the “epidemic” level of painkiller abuse in East Tennessee.

Joshua Hurst, a 13-year veteran of the Knoxville Police Department, and seven other people face various drug charges, Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said at a news conference Wednesday. The drugs dealt included oxycodone, oxymorphone — both prescription opiates — and methamphetamine, she said, over a span of nearly two years.”

Travis Dorman, April 20, 2016, Knoxville News Sentinel, “Knoxville police officer resigns after indictment on drug charges”, http://archive.knoxnews.com/news/crime-courts/tbi-knoxville-police-to-announce-drug-roundup-30efdcb7-5b9b-0c50-e053-0100007f4d7f-376418341.html?platform=hootsuite

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