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U.S. Postal carrier, 14 gang members arrested in drug trafficking sting

May 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Postal carrier, 14 gang members arrested in drug trafficking sting

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Police officers and Organized Crime Unit officials in Memphis announced the arrest of 13 gang members and a U.S. postal carrier on charges of drug trafficking after a six-month investigation.

Authorities said the six-month probe dubbed Operation “Wait a Minute Mr. Postman,” targeted the sale of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone.

“I think it bears stressing that we never know how many individuals died as a result of this poison, nor will we ever know how many lives will be saved by removing this poison from the streets,” District Attorney Amy Weirich stated. “Drugs kill more every year than guns and cars.”

Letravious Shaw, a U.S. Postal Service carrier, was one of the suspects taken into custody after being accused of helping gang members sell drugs through his job as a mail carrier.

“Investigators discovered four individuals involved in this conspiracy were also involved in the theft of thousands of oxycodone pills from a pharmaceutical warehouse in which they were all employed,” said MPD Director Michael Rallings.

Despite the 14 arrests, detectives revealed that there are an 11 additional drug trafficking suspects on the lam.

OCU investigators recovered heroin, marijuana, cocaine, two firearms, four cars, and $17,000.

They said that those arrested are members of various gangs, specifically Grape Street Crips, Traveling Vicelords, and Gangster Disciples.

WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

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