A large drug ring was busted in Memphis, TN, which resulted in twenty-five people being indicted on charges that are related to drugs and conspiracy.
The Shelby Country District attorney’s office as well as the Memphis Police Department made an announcement on Thursday about the success of their seven month investigation.
The operation was called “Wait a Minute Mr. Postman,” and started in August 2016.
One of the people helping the gang sell drugs undetected was someone who worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier, who is now been identified as Letravius Shaw.
Many gangs were involved in this bust, including the Grap Street Crips, the Gangster Disciples and the Traveling Vice Lords. All of these are criminal gangs.
They trafficked in fentanyl, heroin, cocain, oxycodone, and marijuana.
“You often hear us talk about gangs, guns and drugs and this is an incredible visual of that intersection,” said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich. Organized Crime Unit officers said Shaw was willing to help a gang member bring illegal drugs into Memphis through the postal system. “We see that the drug epidemic touches all types of people. We have all types of individuals involved,” said Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings. Rallings and Weirch said the bust is part of a ripple effect. “I think it bears stressing that we may never know how many individuals in our community died as a result of this poison nor may we never know how many lives have been saved today by removing this poison from the streets,” Weirich pointed out. Investigators say four of the people indicted were also responsible for stealing and reselling Oxycodone pills from a pharmaceutical company warehouse where they worked. Some of the thefts going back to 2013.