Police bust drug houses operating near Memphis school - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Police bust drug houses operating near Memphis school

Police Director Larry Godwin said five of the drug houses sat near Sheffield High School. Police Director Larry Godwin said five of the drug houses sat near Sheffield High School.

Memphis Police announced a major drug bust Tuesday near a Memphis High School.

Police Director Larry Godwin said the investigation, dubbed Operation Renewed Resolution, was a four month undercover sting that lead police to raid 14 suspected drug houses.

Godwin said most of the houses sat near schools, including five near Sheffield High School.

"We are not going to tolerate it, whether it's at a school, or it's at a mall, or whether it's standing on a corner," Godwin said.

Godwin noted a particular home that was raided, located at 4492 Wooddale.  "Officers located marijuana individually wrapped, ready for sale, and a gallon-sized clear bag (full of) powder cocaine."

Godwin noted six small children were inside the home, along with five adults.

"We've had kids come out of schools and deal to our undercover officers," he said. "Were having drug dealing going around, and they are recruiting the young children of the community.

Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said the raid sent a clear message to drug dealers.

"They should either cease to do business, or leave town, because we're going to continue to go after them with everything we have."

According to Godwin, since the Memphis Police Department's undercover program was restarted two years ago, 674 people have been arrested.  Ninety-five percent of those people, he said, went on to be convicted.


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