Felony charges dropped against self-proclaimed "kingpin" - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Felony charges dropped against self-proclaimed "kingpin"

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former club owner and self-proclaimed "kingpin" Thorne Peters cites many interests on his website, including his affinity for marijuana.

"I am a pot smoker," said Peters.  "I love smoking pot with smoking hot women."

Nearly 19 months after he was charged with using his Millington nightclub to sell drugs, part of the case against Peters was dismissed this week.

In July of 2009, then-Sheriff Mark Luttrell and former District Attorney Bill Gibbons closed Peters' club after they said a lengthy investigation revealed rampant drug use and drug sales.

"They closed my club because they said I was running a front for drug trafficking," said Peters.  "That's something very different from being a pot smoker."

Prosecutors dropped felony drug charges against Peters because they did not believe there was enough evidence to proceed.  Peters believes they knew all along.

"There's been enough money spent on my case, including the nine-month sting operation and this 19-month incarceration and malicious prosecution to build a wing at a school," said Peters.  "To have built a homeless shelter."

Peters is still facing misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession.

"They're going to empanel a jury to great fortune to the taxpayers to try and cover their political bacon," said Peters.

Through his spokesman, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said, "this is still a pending case and it wouldn't be appropriate to offer an opinion."

The District Attorney's office said the same.  An e-mail to Bill Gibbons, who is Tennessee's new public safety commissioner, was not answered.

Peters said he plans to do plenty of talking between now and his trial.

"I'll take a polygraph test on the air," he said.

Peters is scheduled to be back in court in later March.  He was released on his own recognizance after a judge waived his $25,000 bond.  Peters complained about only having a tank top and pajama pants upon release.

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