Knoxville police officer appears in court after drug charges

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville police officer appeared in court Thursday after being indicted on drug charges in April.

Joshua Hurst waived the right to an arraignment. His plea deadline is set for August 19.

Hurst resigned from his position after being suspected of criminal activity. Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch contacted Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen and TBI Director Mark Gwyn in February. TBI’s drug Investigation Division completed an investigation on Hurst and seven other people. TBI believes Hurst and others were involved with distributing drugs including oxycodone and oxymorphone.

The agency said that some of the transactions were in a drug-free school zone and parts of Tennessee.

The indictment says Hurst bought pain pills at an address on Western Avenue. Ridgedale Alternative School is near that address.

He was charged with several counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver drugs, official misconduct, possession of a firearm and drug possession.

Hurst is a 13-year veteran of the Knoxville Police Department and was awarded Officer of the Month in August 2007.

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