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96 arrested after Memphis police undercover operation

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department's latest undercover operation targeting the city's illegal drug trade resulted 96 arrests and 51 indictments, authorities said Monday.

At a press conference, Police Director Larry Godwin said "Operation: Street Sweep XXXII" focused on illegal drug sales in Memphis from late June to early November.  At the conclusion of the undercover operation, 51 people were indicted for a total of 157 chargeable offenses.

"Those indicted were charged with manufacturing, delivering and selling controlled substances such as crack cocaine, powder cocaine, ecstasy, and hydrocodone," Godwin said.

Authorities said six of the people indicted were known members of illegal street gangs.  Of the 51 people indicted, 23 were taken into police custody during a round-up last Thursday.

"Five handguns were recovered," Godwin said. "We also got a little over four thousand dollars in cash, and six vehicles."

Additionally, according to police, 37 people were arrested for prostitution related offenses after the sting, and 36 other people were arrested on additional charges.

Also as part of the operation, four homes were declared public nuisances, and petitions have been filed to close them down.

"These four nuisance houses have been a burden for the neighbors," said Shelby County district attorney general Amy Weirich. "It's been a burden on the community."

"Operation: Street Sweep XXXII" was yet another product of the Memphis Police Department's Operation Blue Crush initiative.  While Godwin will soon leave Memphis for a position with the state of Tennessee, he remained confident Wednesday that the success of Blue Crush means it will continue.

"The thugs fear it and the community has embraced it," he said. "That's the two things beside the accountability and the great leadership we have. That's key, so no, I don't see Blue Crush changing. I think it'll keep moving forward."

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