Owners of the Red Roof Inn at 6055 Shelby Oaks Drive agreed to employ a security guard seven days a week, install surveillance cameras which can be accessed by Memphis police, allow police access to all common areas at all times, keep detailed records regarding each room, and deny room rental to any person known to have engaged in nuisance activity at the motel.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) also calls for posting signs on the property declaring that anyone on the premises who is not an owner, employee or legal occupant is trespassing and is subject to immediate arrest.
The owners – identified in court papers as Shree Shvi, LLC, and Girish Sinojia Jianping - also agreed to appear in General Sessions 14/Environmental Court monthly for the next three months for status reports. The MOU is not an acknowledgement of guilt or liability by the owners, but rather is an attempt to jointly resolve the litigation.
The motel was closed for new business on Sept. 27 after Judge Patrick Dandridge signed a nuisance petition/temporary injunction filed by DA Weirich and City Atty. Bruce McMullen.
The action was taken after a lengthy Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit investigation found in various rooms at the hotel multiple handguns, hypodermic needles, and narcotics, including heroin, crystal methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy.
Police said that between March of 2017 and August of 2019 the motel was the site of multiple heroin overdoses, including four that were fatal. During the past year police have responded to at least 150 calls regarding illegal activity at the motel.
The motel is less than a mile from Shelby Oaks Elementary School, Sycamore View Church of Christ and Bartlett Immanuel Lutheran. It also is approximately one mile from Southwest Tennessee Community College and from Memphis Memory Gardens.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Asst. City Atty. Will Gibbons.
Under Tennessee law, the DA has authority to bring a civil actions against any establishment deemed a public nuisance where “unlawful sale of any regulated legend drug, narcotic or other controlled substance. . .quarrelling, drunkenness, fighting or breaches of the peace are carried on or permitted.”