(SHELBY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE) – A northeast Memphis motel was closed Friday as a public nuisance after a lengthy police investigation showed a pattern of illegal drug activity, weapons, burglaries, thefts and prostitution, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
The Red Roof Inn at 6055 Shelby Oaks Drive also has been the site of multiple heroin overdoses, including four that were fatal, between March 2017 and August of this year.
The Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit has found in various rooms at the hotel multiple handguns, hypodermic needles, and narcotics, including heroin, crystal methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy.
Gen. Weirich and City Atty. Bruce McMullen said citizens continually have called the Appling Farms Station to express their concerns. Between August 2018 and August 2019 police have responded to 150 calls regarding illegal activity at the motel.
A hearing is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday before General Sessions/Environment Court Judge Patrick Dandridge, who signed the nuisance petition and temporary injunction. Red Roof defendants named in the petition are Shree Shvi, LLC, and Girish Sinojia. The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Asst. City Atty. Will Gibbons.
The Red Roof Inn will remain closed for new business pending further order by the court, although lawfully paying guests will not be displaced.
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.
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.”