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Drug ring targeting teens busted

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According to Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham, detectives found 603 grams of marijuana, 985 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 711 grams of MDMA, also known as "Molly," and 980 "hits" of LSD. According to Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham, detectives found 603 grams of marijuana, 985 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 711 grams of MDMA, also known as "Molly," and 980 "hits" of LSD.
The Shelby County and Fayette County sheriffs announced a major drug arrest Friday afternoon. The Shelby County and Fayette County sheriffs announced a major drug arrest Friday afternoon.

(WMC) - The Shelby County and Fayette County sheriffs announced a major drug arrest Friday afternoon.

Richard Manuel Stewart, 55, was arrested and is now facing drug charges for targeting teens and young adults with "gateway" or "party" drugs.

According to Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham, detectives found 603 grams of marijuana, 985 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 711 grams of MDMA, also known as "Molly," and 980 "hits" of LSD.

About $70,000 worth of dangerous drugs are now off the street.

The sheriff says many of those drugs are specifically marketed toward teens and young adults.

"We received information in regards to Stewart being the supplier of drugs targeting kids in high school, in the age of 12, to college," said Oldham.

During a search of Stewart's house on Highway 193 in Fayette County, detectives also found a shotgun, rife, and four handguns, one of which was reported to be stolen during a Memphis burglary.

"We got one bad drug trafficker off the streets," said Fayette County Sheriff Bobby Riles.

Stewart is a convicted felon. He is charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell. He is in Fayette County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

The arrest is a reminder for parents to know who their children hang out with and to have conversations about the constantly evolving drug market.

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