(WMC-TV) - A five-month investigation into illegal "walk up" drug sales in Millington has resulted in dozens of indictments, authorities said Thursday.
Earlier this year, Millington police received complaints about walk up drug activity at several Millington businesses. What business owners didn't know is that for the past five months, undercover officers have been some of those customers.
The desk clerk at the Regency Inn had just clocked in and was watching Action News 5 at noon when she realized her boss had been arrested.
"That's why I've turned the news on," she said.
According to Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas, detectives made covert drug purchases at five Millington businesses, including the Regency Inn.
"There was some marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, prescription narcotics," said Douglas.
The investigation resulted in 65 indictments against 14 people charged with selling illegal and drugs.
"We made our own buys, video and audio taped," said Douglas. "Sixty-five counts later, we're doing the operation today."
Several business owners are among those facing charges, including: Abdo Sabeto, of the SuperNavy Market; Mitesh Patel of Millington Liquor; Khalid Alkettab of JetWay Market and Heal Kumar Bahkta, of the Regency Inn.
Marlin Roberts, owner of Transmission Doctors, is also being investigated. The business has already been in the spotlight thanks to a TBI probe in Millington earlier this year.
Workers at Transmission Doctors told an Action News 5 crew that Roberts was running an errand when they stopped by. Police say he wasn't arrested in the initial roundup because there was more investigating to do.
"It's crazy, crazy," said Jarra Dowell, Sr., of Millington. "You never know what you're going to run into nowadays.
"It remains to be seen what's going to happen to those businesses," said the city's police chief.
Millington Mayor Richard Hodges said he is very pleased with the results of the investigation and said "we're just not going to tolerate drug sales in Millington."