Ronald Glen Shupe, 44, of Butler, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge last month to serve 37 months in federal prison.His crime included possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, and the use of a firearm during and relation to a drug trafficking offense. Shupe was a lieutenant with the Mountain City Police Department at the time of his offenses. Upon his release from prison, U.S Probation will supervise him for three years.
According to information on file with the U.S. District Court, in 2016 and 2017, while serving as the third-ranking member of the Mountain City Police Department, Shupe bought and sold oxycodone pills, supplied pills to another Mountain City Police Officer, and used controlled substances, including methamphetamine and pain pills. In one incident, a confidential witness reported that in 2017 she gave Shupe an intravenous injection of methamphetamine while he was in his patrol car and on duty.
In November 2017, Shupe reportedly purchased oxycodone pills for distribution from another individual working on behalf of law enforcement. During the transaction, Shupe was in full uniform, driving a Mountain City Police car, and armed with a department-issued Glock pistol and ammunition, authorities said.“Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect the public and uphold the law, “said J. Douglas Overbey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “The U.S Attorney’s office will prosecute vigorously those that choose to violate that trust by committing crimes, especially while on duty and in uniform.”
Renae McDermott, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Knoxville Division commented, “Citizens have the right to expect that law enforcement officers act legally and in accordance with the law. The FBI is committed to ensuring that all violations of the law are aggressively investigated.” Shupe was also served with a presentment returned by a Johnson County grand jury charging him with Possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony; Possession of schedule II drugs (oxycodone) with intent to deliver in a school zone; Conspiracy to possess schedule II drugs with intent to deliver in a school zone; Solicitation to commit assault; Accessory after the fact; Release ofconfidential information; Casual exchange of schedule VI drugs; Simple possession of schedule II drugs; Theft of property over $1,000, and three counts of official misconduct.
Shupe’s arrest led to the arrest of another Mountain City officer as three days later, Sgt. Elmer Kenneth Lane, 61, was also taken into custody. Lane was charged with Conspiracy to possess schedule II drugs with intent to deliver in a school zone, Solicitation to commit delivery of schedule II drugs, and Simple possession of schedule II drugs. The charges against Lane stemmed from information authorities obtained while investigating Shupe, according to federal court records. Lane, who accepted a plea agreement in January, is also facing federal charges in U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee. His next court date is Wednesday, April 11, 2018.