MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Memphis Police say the streets are a little safer after the indictment of 36 people following a six-month investigation.
The investigation was dubbed "Operation Cocaine Cowboy" and resulted in the department's Organized Crime Unit arresting 26 people.
According to police, the investigations involved a cocaine trafficking organization that centered itself in the North Memphis community. Police say they identified several individuals who are responsible for the acquisition and distribution of large quantities of cocaine throughout the city of Memphis.
On April 28 detectives executed eight search warrants in seized close to 10 pounds of powdered cocaine,144.5 grams of marijuana, 187 grams of promethazine and codeine cough syrup, 14 hydrocodone pills, seven fire arms, eight vehicles and over $180,000 in US currency.
On August 3 of 2017, detectives present at the facts to the Shelby County grand jury resulting in the indictment of 36 defendants the charges include:
-Possession of controlled substance with intent to sell greater than 300 grams of cocaine
-Convicted felon in possession of a firearm
-Possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony
On August 8, 2017, detectives located in arrested 25 of the 36 defendants. During the arrests detectives seized the following:
48.5 grams of crack cocaine, 7.2 grams of powder cocaine, 513.2 grams of marijuana, 146.83 grams of ecstasy, 34.28 grams of meth, .7 grams of heroin, 11.5 Xanax pills, 315.8 grams of codeine, seven hydrocodone pills, five methadone pills, six firearms, two stolen ATVs, 13 vehicles and more than $7000 in U.S. currency.
Addressing members of the media Thursday, Memphis Police director Michael Rallings had a message to criminals on the streets. "We will rid our streets of these individuals who choose to violate the law," he said.
Police and the Shelby County District Attorney say of the 36 defendants, ten are still on the streets.
"There are still ten individuals who have been indicted by the Shelby County grand jury that we need to get in custody and begin the process of criminal prosecution," said Amy Weirich. "So, if people out there know anything, by all means, call the police, call Crime-Stoppers and let them know where they are."
According to the Memphis Police Department, the 36 individuals indicted in "Operation Cocaine Cowboy" include:
-Melvin Bosley Jr.