Canton police officer arrested on drug charges

Published: Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM CDT
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CANTON, TX (KLTV) - A Canton police officer has been arrested for federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

James Melvin Bradshaw, a narcotics officer for the Canton Police Department, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 27 and charged with six counts of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation. Bradshaw was arrested this morning and went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie this afternoon for an initial appearance.

According to the indictment, on six separate occasions from January to November 2012, Bradshaw is alleged to have used his position as a police officer to obtain hydrocodone by fraud, deception or misrepresentation. Bradshaw is alleged to have acquired the hydrocodone from individuals who had legitimate prescriptions to possess the substance.

If convicted, Bradshaw faces up to four years in federal prison on each charge.

Bradshaw has been with Canton police since 2005.

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