22 people indicted after OCU undercover investigation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

22 people indicted after OCU undercover investigation

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The Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit targeted Gangster Disciple gang members who were conducting street level narcotic sales during an undercover investigation.

The investigation began on Jan. 1, 2014, and continued through Feb. 28, 2015.

An undercover OCU officer and a confidential informant attempted to infiltrate the Gangster Disciples, who were selling large sums of heroin and cocaine in the Walker Homes and Riverside area.

In addition to selling narcotics, the gang was also committing violent crimes. Gang members used Greyhound buses and the U.S. mail to transport the drugs to Memphis.

Twenty-two state defendants were indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury on charges ranging from conspiracy possession of controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver heroin, cocaine, or meth and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. Nineteen of the 22 suspects indicted are members of the Gangster Disciples.

"There will not be a gang in the city more powerful than the Memphis Police Department," said MPD Director Toney Armstrong.

Investigators seized $206,891.00, 203 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $6 million, 3 kilos of heroin with a street value of $180,000, seven handguns, and 10 vehicles used to transport illegal narcotics.

Several of the people arrested may face federal charges. Mobile users, click here to see a photo gallery of the people indicted.

Click here to watch the full news conference.

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