Immigration Agents Raided Two Shelby County Homes In Quiet Neighborhoods

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Ice agents say packages delivered to the homes contained drug contraband that was smuggled into the United States from across the Canadian border. 

It was U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents at DHL Express delivery hub in Kentucky that gave Memphis Department of Homeland Security the heads up that a package with drug contraband was headed to a Lakeland home.

Because the package was coming in from out of the U.S., it had be declared and contents explained outside the box. It was labeled as a "mold," but agents say the shapes this mold produced were tiny illegal pills.

Custom and Border Patrol Agents seized a package containing illegal drug paraphernalia addressed to the 9000 block of Woodland Fern Park Drive in a quiet Lakeland neighborhood.

An affidavit for a search warrant filed in United States District Court for Western Tennessee says a pill press was in the box with, in fact, 12 pill molds, each imprinted with the symbol 3-90-3, also known as Alprazolam. The pill is a prescription controlled substance and when legally prescribed it treats anxiety and panic disorders.

Homeland Security not only confiscated the package with the pill press, but agents also got a search warrant for Damon McGuire's Lakeland home.

Agents acted as DHL delivery handlers and instead of delivering the package, they served McGuire with a federal warrant and searched his place.

Agents say McGuire told them the package was for his friend Nelson Giles in East Memphis and he was set to meet him to give him the package.

They say McGuire also admitted to knowing his friend made illegal pills and drove agents to the Giles home in the 300 block of Fountain Lake Drive in East Memphis. There, agents say they observed the transaction between McGuire and Giles from across the street.

 

When we went to the East Memphis home we saw notices left behind by ICE Agents, indicators of a raid on the home's kicked-in front door.


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