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10 indicted for drug bust near Memphis elementary school

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Law enforcement officials are one step closer to holding drug dealers accountable for supplying drugs that people use to overdose.

"All of this started with an overdose death back in 2014," said Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham. "When they started investigating, they learned some of these crimes were occurring near Klondike Elementary, which means a lot more for this case."

Thursday, Sheriff Bill Oldham announced 10 indictments that are a part of a year-long narcotics investigation by Sheriff's Office narcotics detectives.

Carl Williams, Andre Patton, Carl Wilkerson,Ted Patterson, Travis Mason, Spencer Haight, Lucas Kizzie, Eric Kizzie, and Christopher Adams were indicted for conspiracy to distribute over 150 grams of heroin from April 14, 2015 to May 12, 2015.

They are also charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. Autra Fitch was also indicted for his participation in the distribution of marijuana.

Investigators used phone records to determine that the drugs originated in Chicago, then came by Greyhound Bus to Memphis.

"I want to send a message that we're not finished," Oldham added. "Anytime that we have an opportunity to pursue individuals that are selling that poison to our people, we're going to continue to investigate as hard as we can."

They traced drugs involved in an overdose to Rodenick Winston, who was arrested after a standoff in 2014. Further investigation led to Williams, who used the bus to transport the drugs.

A search warrant in May 2015 revealed 584 grams of heroin, 5 grams of crack cocaine, 11 grams of cocaine, 1087 grams of marijuana, 12 guns, and more than $212,000 in cash.

"And you reflect back on the number of individuals in Shelby County who have lost their lives to heroin, I hope that these individuals that we have taken off the streets are responsible for most of those deaths," said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich. "I hope that we have put an end to this."

According to the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office, 59 people died of heroin overdoses last year; five times more than died in 2010.

Since most of the distribution of the illegal product happened near Klondike Elementary School, all of the people indicted could spend more time in jail.

"We have a much bigger army and a much bigger gang of law enforcement officers willing and able to risk their lives to make sure we get this poison off the streets," Weirich added.

Three suspects remain at large.

Meanwhile, investigators are working to confirm whether the heroin distributed by this group led to overdose deaths in 2014. If they prove it, their charges could be upgraded to second-degree murder.

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