The Memphis Police Department and Shelby County District Attorneys Office announced that a large drug bust in Memphis has resulted in twenty-five indictments, including one U.S. Postal Service letter carrier.
The seven month operation started in August 2016 and lasted until February. It culminated Thursday, with the 25 indictments. Those indictments were for various felony drug and conspiracy charges.
Police say the postal carrier, identified as Letravius Shaw, joined criminal gangs such as the Grape Street Crips, the Traveling Vice Lords, and the Gangster Disciples, in an operation they titled: “Wait a Minute Mr. Postman.”
According to police, Shaw was working with a gang member to bring illegal drugs into Memphis through the postal system.
Drugs found during the bust included heroin, Fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, and Oxycodone pills. Police also seized thirteen guns, 33 vehicles, three motorcycles and $22,000 in cash.
“You often hear us talk about gangs, guns and drugs and this is an incredible visual of that intersection,” said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.
Investigators say one element of the operation involved four of the indicted individuals stealing Oxycodone pills from their employer, a pharmaceutical company warehouse, to be resold illegally. The thefts occurred as far back as 2013.
“I think it bears stressing that we may never know how many individuals in our community died as a result of this poison nor may we never know how many lives have been saved today by removing this poison from the streets,” Weirich pointed out.
Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings says the community is affected by drugs on many levels.
“We see that the drug epidemic touches all types of people. We have all types of individuals involved,” said Rallings. He also affirmed this bust was a win for the department, but that there is still a lot of work to do.
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