MPD shuts down A-1 Speedy Corner as public nuisance

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department shut down an Orange Mound store deemed a public nuisance.

MPD's organized crime unit began investigating A-1 Speedy Corner on Park Avenue in September 2016.

The investigation revealed complaints of drug possession, prostitution, and underage drinking at the store.

Police said between June 2015 and May 2017, officers responded to 185 calls for service at the store, including robbery, disturbances, shootings, armed parties, and 911 emergency calls.

"Makes me think something shady is going on and makes me think MPD is trying to do their job too, in a way," Argel Oatis said.

During that time, 183 arrests were made within a 1.5 mile radius. These arrests including theft, trespassing, drug charges, and one homicide. Eighteen of those arrests took place on the store's lot.

Undercover officers were able to make drug purchases from the store during their undercover sting. Police said the drug seller was an employee of the store.

"It's going to curb it, but you know what's going to happen...it's going to go to another corner," James Miller said.

Shelby County Criminal Court granted a temporary injunction against the store, temporarily closing the business as a public nuisance.

One woman, who said she was the store's owner, said she was the one who reached out to the law for help.

"I called the most calls because of the crime, because of the hanging out outside…I'm the one calling the most to the police," she said.

However, she doesn't agree with prosecutors closing down the store.

"It's unfair. It's not inside my property, it's outside," she said.

In a hearing in environmental court on August 15, Judge Larry Potter will determine whether the store will stay closed or re-open under certain conditions.

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