5/18/17 A seven-month long investigation in the Whitehaven and South Memphis area has resulted in the criminal indictments of 25 people, including a postal worker, for the distribution and sale of heroin, Fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and Oxycodone pills, Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings said Thursday.
Dubbed “Operation: Wait a Minute Mr. Postman,” the investigation by the Memphis Police Department (MPD) Organized Crime Unit revealed that a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service helped drug dealers bring illegal drugs into Memphis using the postal service.
“I would like to give special thanks to all of the Organized Crime Unit investigators involved in this operation,” said Director Rallings. “Because of their hard work, these investigators may have saved hundreds of lives in Memphis.
The MPD investigation from August of 2016 through February of this year resulted in the recovery of 42 pounds of marijuana, three kilograms of heroin, one kilogram of Fentanyl, 1,421.9 grams of cocaine, 7,900 Oxycodone pills, 25 morphine pills, 13 handguns, 33 motor vehicles, three motorcycles and approximately $210,000 in cash.
Investigators learned that Letravius Shaw, a United States Postal carrier in Memphis, was willingly assisting O. B. Hildson, a member of the Grape Street Crips, in bringing illegal drugs into the City of Memphis, by way of the U.S. Postal system.
A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted the 25 defendants on various felony drug and conspiracy charges.
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Letravius Shaw was taken into custody on this indictment.
The defendants named in the indictments this week conspired to distribute and sell the illegal drugs in Memphis for their own personal gain. During the investigation OCU officers identified several locations where the defendants stored and sold the illegal drugs. Four of the defendants were also responsible for multiple thefts of (and sale of) thousands of Oxycodone pills from a local pharmaceutical company warehouse facility where they worked. Some of the thefts date back as early as 2013.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Organized Crime Unit conducted a round-up operation to arrest these individuals. During the roundup, investigators located and arrested (14) of the (25) individuals indicted. While searching for the individuals, OCU investigators recovered and additional (7.3) grams of heroin, (5.9) grams of marijuana, (.4) grams of crack cocaine, and (2) handguns. They also seized (4) vehicles and $17,473.00 cash.
There were six (6) additional individuals arrested, on unrelated charges, during this roundup. Those individuals were charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses. A total of (20) individuals were arrested during this roundup operation.
Seven (7) of the individuals involved in this conspiracy were members of the Grape Street Crips, the Travelling Vice Lords, and the Gangster Disciples criminal gangs.
“Thanks to the hard, dangerous work of these OCU officers, a significant amount of poison has been taken off the streets of our city,” said Gen. Weirich. “Far too many young lives are being lost because of fatal overdoses of illegal drugs. We are now ready to roll up our sleeves and prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the