Criminals go to great lengths to hide crimes

A trap door in a suspected South Memphis drug house was a route out in case of trouble. Police say criminals could climb through it and escape into some nearby woods. The house also features a window believed to have been used for walk-up drug sales.

"If you came to that window, they knew you were there for the specific purpose of buying drugs," says Sgt. Vince Higgins with Memphis Police.

This is just the latest proof that ingenuity isn't lost on the criminal mind.

"I'm shocked at some of the lengths they go to," says Higgins.

Take one house off Jackson Avenue for instance. A suspected drug ring was broken up there late last year. Police say dealers used a wooden sign to let people know they were open for business. One side showed the address, the other side read the word "crack."

Not only are the lengths to which criminals go often surprising, they can also be worrisome for law enforcement. That is especially true when it appears crooks don't plan to go down without a fight. For example, drugs were not the only things Dyersburg Police found when they raided a trailer earlier this week. They also came across video cameras and body armor.

"If the target is as prepared as we are then that poses officer safety issues for us," says Lt. Steve Isbell with Dyersburg Police.

Some wonder how productive criminals might be if they applied their ingenuity to a legitimate job.

"You know, maybe we'd have another brain surgeon or somebody who's invented a cure for cancer or something," says Sgt. Higgins.