MEMPHIS (WATE) – A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has been arrested and accused of buying illegal narcotics while on duty.
Mark D. Williams, 47, is charged with delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of a weapon during a dangerous felony.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began looking into accusations against Williams earlier this year. On Friday, agents saw Williams buy hydrocodone from an alleged dealer, Elliott Goode, while in uniform and on duty.
Goode was also arrested and charged with delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. Both men are being held in the Lauderdale County Jail. Williams is being held on $10,000 bond and Goode on $7,500 bond.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says it has placed Williams on discretionary leave with pay.
“We have cooperated fully with the TBI on this investigation and acted quickly to take immediate administrative action,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “While disheartening, the alleged actions of this one trooper are not representative of the THP as a whole.”
Williams began his career with the highway patrol in 2004.