Undercover operations are conducted frequently by Tennessee law enforcement agencies. Multiple groups often work together when drug activity is suspected in a given region. In many instances, these types of investigations go on for long periods of time before any arrests are made. Two major operations in the Memphis area recently culminated in hundreds of arrests on a variety of drug charges.
The Memphis Police Department reported that two operations had been focused on alleged drug, weapon and other activity. One operation had lasted eight weeks and resulted in over 500 arrests. During this operation, marijuana, fentanyl and cocaine had been seized, along with over 100 weapons. In addition, multiple vehicles and a large amount of cash were also discovered.
The second operation had been underway for over 18 months. It dealt with supposed dealers of heroin and crack. A grand jury indicted over 50 people on drug charges. Evidently, police reported that some of those indicted were alleged gang members.
The ages of those facing charges range from 18 to 64 years old. Some have been charged with the sale of a controlled substance and felony drug possession. In addition to the drug charges, others arrested face charges of possession of a handgun and other weapons charges.
In the state of Tennessee, drug charges are not to be taken lightly. If convicted, a person may have to spend a considerable amount of time in jail or have to pay hefty fines. However, everyone is entitled to present a defense against the charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney will help clients present the strongest defense possible to fight the charges.