In efforts to combat drug trafficking and other drug-related crimes, the state of Tennessee has developed several task forces and undercover operations in order to catch criminals and those suspected of participating in large drug operations. Those accused of violating state or federal laws could be faced serious penalties. First-time offenders could even face up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of a drug crime.
Another undercover operation in Memphis has resulted in 96 arrests and 51 indictments. Authorities reported the arrests on Monday at a press conference. According to the Memphis Police Department, the undercover operation called "Operation: Street Sweep XXXII" had investigated illegal drug sales in Memphis from June 2010 through November 2010. Individuals arrested in the sweep face numerous drug charges as well as other criminal charges.
The 51 individuals who were indicted on Monday face a total of 157 charges. The charges include manufacturing, delivering and selling controlled substances. The controlled substances include crack cocaine, powder cocaine, ecstasy and hydrocodone. Authorities also believe that six of the people indicted belong to street gangs.
According to police, 37 people were arrested for connections with prostitution and 36 people were arrested for a variety of other charges.
Police recovered six vehicles, thousands of dollars in cash and several handguns during the operation. Four homes have also been declared as public nuisances. Police commented that the homes have "been a burden on the community" and have petitioned for the homes to be shut down.
Authorities reported that the success of "Operation: Street Sweep XXXII" can only mean that the other undercover operations conducted by the Memphis Police Department will continue to thrive in the area.
WMC-TV: "96 arrested after Memphis police undercover operation," Jamel Major, 7 Mar. 2011