Neighbors help police catch suspected drug dealer

Neighbors work together to fight crime

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - You've heard it a thousand times before – if you see something, say something.

Quick-thinking neighbors in one Midtown neighborhood are responsible for helping to catch a drug dealer and a thief in the last month.

Neighbors on Autumn Avenue saw something peculiar and alerted police.

"Neighbors helping out neighbors, it doesn't get any better than that," said Andi Minner.

It started with a phone call from Minner's neighbor about a strange car parked in front of her home with people sleeping inside.

That car then appeared again the next morning.

"We called the cops and let them handle it because that's what they do and lo and behold they came up and knocked on the windows, apparently found drugs," Minner said.

Memphis police say Foster Tanner and another woman were found sound asleep inside with a car full of drugs that included a plastic bag full of meth, heroin, fentanyl and 12 syringes.

Minner, a flight attendant, is trained to look for things out of the ordinary. She said that's what it takes to keep a neighborhood safe.

Her father Dallas Minner agrees and said everybody has the tools to catch a thief.

"Everybody has a camera in our pockets and all the time and we try to use it," Dallas said. "If something doesn't look right just take a picture and pass it on."

On this street, just about everyone is on high alert to keep each other safe.

Tanner is facing four counts of drug possession with intent to sell.

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