U.S. District Court Judge Kevin H. Sharp sentenced Michael D. Wray, 32, to five years on a money laundering charge, as part of a January plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors.
Sharp also sentenced co-defendant Richard Wilson, of Lebanon, who is a former police officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, to 10 years in prison on a fraud charge, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.
Prosecutors alleged Wray assisted Wilson in transporting cocaine and drug money on two occasions.
Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation partnered with Nashville police to investigate the case that resulted in Wray and Wilson being indicted in June 2011, following a three-month undercover operation.
According to the indictment, between April 5, 2011, and June 15, 2011, Wilson received cash payments totaling $24,500 for his assistance to individuals who he believed to be drug traffickers.
Wilson’s assistance included transporting what he believed to be cocaine and drug money to locations in and around Nashville. On three occasions, Wilson was on duty, in uniform, and in an official police vehicle while assisting individuals whom he believed to be drug traffickers, according to the prosecution.
Wray’s plea agreement detailed a June 7, 2011, undercover operation in which Wilson, while in uniform and on duty, met with Wray and an undercover agent at a local truck stop to obtain a bag containing 5 kilograms of cocaine.
The men then proceeded to a local restaurant where they met with another undercover agent whom they also believed to be a drug trafficker, according to the agreement. During the meeting, Wilson and Wray received a locked bag containing $15,000 in cash in exchange for the cocaine.
Wilson then went to a Nashville hotel and delivered the $15,000, of which he was paid $5,000 in cash for transporting the items in his patrol car.
Although Wray was not with Wilson during the meeting at the hotel, he was given $5,000 for his assisting with the drug trafficking.