MEMPHIS - May 16, 2014 - Three separate businesses have been closed this week as public nuisances, including a hotel on Mt. Moriah accused of being a center for drug trafficking, prostitution and other crimes, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
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MEMPHIS - Apr. 29, 2014 - Fifteen people, including a doctor’s office manager, have been indicted on drug charges in which they illegally obtained pain medications with forged prescriptions, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
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MEMPHIS - April 24, 2014 - A northeast Memphis man whose attic meth lab burst into flames last November has been indicted on felony charges of endangering his 3-year-old daughter, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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MEMPHIS - Apr. 8, 2014 - More than three dozen members of a long-running drug-ring network that illegally distributed large amounts of Dilaudid and other prescription pills throughout the area have been in indicted on state and federal charges, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich and U.S. Atty. Edward L. Stanton III.
Dubbed “Operation Whitehaven Dilaudid Family,” many of the 23 defendants indicted on state drug charges are family members whose drug-trafficking operation has been in business for more than 15 years, Weirich said.
Officers also seized 10 vehicles, $53,807 in cash, 111 Dilaudid pills and 154 grams of powder cocaine.
Most charges involve high-level felonies with enhanced punishment because they involve drug trafficking in school zones. Charges also include illegal sales of Oxycodone and money laundering. Another 15 defendants are facing federal drug charges.
Weirich, Stanton and assistant district attorney Paul Hagerman said the abuse of prescription pain pills such as Dilaudid destroys lives daily in Tennessee.
“Almost 100 percent of heroin deaths are individuals who began their addictions with pain pills,” Weirich said.
The investigation involved the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
MPD OCU officers executed seven search warrants in apprehending 19 of the 23 defendants charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell.
The charges carry up to 25 years in prison without parole.
Those in custody include Jordan Phillips, 25; Natasha Black, 33; Carlos Hailey, 26; James Coleman, 38; Kraig Boddie, 46; Deaderick Sanders, 49; Charlie Moore, 26; Stanley Reese, 29; Markeisha Burse, 33; Dewayne Lewis, 35; Kevin Watson, 35; Symone Austin, 21; Twyla Miles, 54; Darrell Franklin, 48; Alexis Williams, 31; Priest Avant, 26; Freddie Moore, 59; Eddie Gatewood, 40, and Chad Willits, 41.
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MEMPHIS – A Frayser nightclub was shut down by authorities Saturday night after a two-year undercover investigation revealed marijuana trafficking, gambling, gang activity, fighting and illegal alcohol sales, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
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MEMPHIS – Three men are in custody in Houston, Texas, awaiting extradition to Memphis as suspects in the robbery of a jewelry store last month at the Wolfchase Galleria Mall, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Tuesday.
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MEMPHIS, TN - October 16, 2013 - A southeast Memphis service station closed as a nuisance last week because of illegal drug sales and gang activity will be allowed to reopen after taking steps to improve security.
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The Shelby County District Attorney General's office has more tools for residential rental property owners to keep unauthorized persons and Drug Dealers off their properties.
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