Friday, 15 February 2019 15:01

Inn on Mt. Moriah Closed as Public Nuisance

Feb. 15, 2019 – The Governor’s Inn & Suites in southeast Memphis was closed Friday morning as a public nuisance following a long-term police investigation that showed numerous reports of drug activity, robberies, thefts, assaults and domestic violence, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
The inn at 2490 Mt. Moriah near American Way was the subject of a previous nuisance action in 2014 for similar problems, but that matter was disposed of in court a short time later after owners made court-ordered safety improvements.
The owners of the inn, Jianping Zhu and Tianlai Hu, are scheduled to appear before General Sessions Court Division 14/Environmental Court Judge Patrick Dandridge at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
An investigation by the Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit showed that police have responded to 338 calls for service at the Governor’s Inn & Suites from Nov. 8, 2016, through Sept. 28, 2018. In addition, police took 61 police reports on drug activity, robberies, assaults, thefts and domestic violence at the inn from March 11, 2017, through Jan. 16, 2019.
The drug activity included crack cocaine, oxycodone, Xanax, hydrocodone, heroin and marijuana. The inn also is a known location for prostitution.
The inn is about a mile or less from Overton High School, Willow Baptist Church, Faith Christian Church and Arthur Halle Stadium where high school sports events are held.
The petition for the temporary injunction/restraining order was filed by Gen. Weirich, Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit and by Asst. City Prosecutor William L. Gibbons Jr.