Local businesses raided as part of nationwide drug investigation | News
MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - Federal and state investigators raided dozens of homes and businesses throughout West Tennessee as part of a nationwide drug investigation.
Wednesday morning, Action News 5 crews were there as Memphis police officers served a search warrant at Cooper-Young Glassworks & Gifts on Cooper Street and as MPD and Bartlett police officers served a search warrant at Friendly Quick Stop on Stage Road.
"It just seemed like just another little ordinary store, corner store," frequent customer Johnny Whitman said. "Come over here, get your cigarettes everyday, your drinks and stuff."
The federal investigation is centered around the sale of synthetic drugs, better known by names like "Spice", "K2", "Bath Salts", and "Plant Food".
"Is there a web? Is there a network? Absolutely. Do we have some stand alone businesses? Absolutely," said U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton, who added that synthetic drugs are both lethal and highly addictive. "The defendants in this case knew exactly what they were selling and that it's in fact illegal."
"These synthetic drugs are marketed specifically and targeted specifically towards our young people," agreed Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
In Shelby County alone, 14 businesses were declared public nuisances. The owners are due in environmental court on July 1.
Here is a list of all the local businesses that labeled as public nuisances Wednesday:
- Humidor Tobacco and Beer on Houston Levee Road, Cordova, TN
- Tobacco Etc. on Stage Road, Bartlett, TN
- Tobacco World on Quince Avenue, Memphis, TN
- Buddies Smoke Shop on Whitten Road, Memphis, TN
- Highland Smoke Shop on South Highland Street, Memphis, TN
- Tobacco For Less on Summer Avenue, Memphis, TN
- Tobacco Hut on Summer Avenue, Memphis, TN
- A P Tobacco Shop on Austin Peay Highway, TN
- Wizards on Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN
- Whatever on South Highland Street, Memphis, TN
- Tobacco Superstore on Winchester Road, Memphis, TN
- Friendly Quick Stop on Stage Road, Bartlett, TN
- Tobacco Zone on North Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN
- Tobacco Box on North Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN