MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Memphis Police held news conference Monday, regarding recent investigations involving the Organized Crime Unit.
The full video of the news conference is available above.
(MPD NEWS RELEASE) – As part of a continuing effort to reduce violent crime throughout the city of Memphis, members of the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, and the MPD TACT Unit conducted a six-week proactive enforcement detail in the high crime areas throughout the city. This operation was coined as “Operation Spring Cleaning”. “Operation Spring Cleaning” focused on the apprehension and arrest of individuals involved in illegal narcotics possession, illegal firearms possession, wanted parties, and suspects who committed violent crimes.
“Operation Spring Cleaning” began April 27th, of 2019, and concluded on June 7th, of 2019. The detectives involved in this operation made (190) felony arrests, (129) misdemeanor arrests, and issued (21) misdemeanor citations within a (31) work day period.
Of the (340) total arrest made, (196) of the arrest were wanted parties, and (98) of the arrest were drug related. Detectives recovered approximately (19 lbs.) of marijuana, (188.4) grams of methamphetamines, (8.0) grams of heroin (41.90) grams of crack cocaine, (79) Lortab pills, and recovered (77) firearms (67- handguns and 10- long guns). Detectives seized (20) vehicles and ($69,898) cash as suspected drug proceeds.
(26) of the defendants arrested for weapon related charges are convicted felons. These defendants are facing federal and/or state level prosecution for possessing a firearm.
Of theses (26) defendants, (11) were documented gang members affiliated with known street gangs such as the Bloods, the Crips, and the Vice Lords.
Of the (77) firearms recovered, there were at least (29) reported stolen. (7) were taken during a Residential Burglary and (22) were taken during a Vehicle Burglary. These weapons were stolen from Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville, Shelby County, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia.
Monday, June 3, 2018, as “Operation Spring Cleaning” neared its conclusion, members of the Organized Crime Unit concluded a six-month drug investigation involving (30) individuals. This investigation was coined as “Operation Non-Believer”.
“Operation Non-Believers” started in January 2019; members of the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit identified Darius Chalmers and several other co-conspirators as being high to mid-level distributors of heroin and fentanyl. During the investigation, Detectives identify (30) individuals who conspired in distributing as much as a half kilogram of heroin and fentanyl per week in Memphis and Northern Mississippi.
On Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, a detective presented the Shelby County Grand jury with the facts of this investigation. The thirty (30) individuals involved in this investigation, (22) men and (8) women, were each indicted on four felony counts of:
- Conspiracy: unlawful possession of a controlled substance 150g or more to sell in a drug-free school zone;
- Conspiracy: unlawful possession of a controlled substance 150g or more to deliver in a drug free school zone;
- Conspiracy: unlawful possession of a controlled substance 2,000g or more to sell in a drug free school zone; and
- Conspiracy: unlawful possession of a controlled substance 2,000g or more to deliver in a drug free school zone.
All are A-level felonies, each of which carries (15) to (25) years in prison without parole.
On Monday, June 3, 2019, the Organized Crime Unit conducted a roundup operation to locate and arrest these individuals. Detectives arrested (16) of the (30) individuals indicted. There were also two (2) additional individuals arrested for unrelated drug charges.
During this investigation, detectives recovered (101.8) grams of Fentanyl, 11.0 grams of marijuana, and (20) firearms (3-Rifles and 17-handguns). Detectives seized (12) vehicles and approximately ($31, 200.00) cash as suspected drug proceeds. Detectives also served (7) search warrants throughout Memphis and Shelby County. Of the (30) individuals indicted, (9) of them were either affiliated with or a member of the Crips Street Gang.
These individuals ranged in age from (24) to (62) years of age and some of them had prior arrest for Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Rape, Theft, Drugs Possession, and Felon Weapon Violations.
The Memphis Police Department would like to thank the Shelby County Attorney General’s Office for providing guidance and operational assistance throughout this entire operation.
The Memphis Police Department is continuously working to create a crime and drug free community for the citizens of this city. These operations are in conjunction with the vision and initiative of Memphis Police Department to combat the crime issues within the City of Memphis.