BUSTED: Drug Ring Was A Family Affair

(Memphis) More than 30 members of a prescription drug-trafficking operation were arrested and indicted Tuesday on state and federal charges.

The operation has been in business for more than 15 years, and many of those arrested are from the same family, authorities said.

Isiah Boyd lived next door to one of the homes raided. Boyd looked out his window Tuesday morning to find the SWAT team on his front lawn and his next-door neighbors in handcuffs.

Whitehaven residents said this is another sign of a growing drug problem in their neighborhood. Danielle Jones said the community needs to join hands to fight back.

But many people we spoke with were afraid to do anything, out of fear they could get hurt. Residents say there could be other members out there who haven’t been caught.

Those arrested are accused of distributing large amounts of Dilaudid, Oxycodone, and other prescription pills. Some are also accused of money laundering.

Most of the charges are “high level” felonies because the drugs were trafficked in school zones.

While executing seven search warrants during Tuesday’s bust, officers seized ten vehicles, $53,807 in cash, 111 Dilaudid pills and 154 grams of powder cocaine.

The following people are in state custody and charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell:

Jordan Phillips, 25
Natasha Black, 33
Carlos Hailey, 26
James Coleman, 38
Kraig Boddie, 46
Deaderick Sanders, 49
Charlie Moore, 26
Stanley Reese, 29
Markeisha Burse, 33
Dewayne Lewis, 35
Kevin Watson, 35
Symone Austin, 21
Twyla Miles, 54
Darrell Franklin, 48
Alexis Williams, 31
Priest Avant, 26
Freddie Moore, 59
Eddie Gatewood, 40
Chad Willits, 41

If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison without parole.

The following people were charged by a federal grand jury:

Larry Bailey, aka, “Rock”, 30, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Michael Gholson, 45, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid, one count of distribution of Oxycodone, and one count of money laundering.

Melody Hurtault, 37, of Corona, CA, was charged with one count of money laundering.

Willie Jamerson, 52, of Los Angeles, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Corey Jeffries, 40, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Eliado Jimenez, 46, of Los Angeles, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Marissa Lewis, 45, of Las Vegas, NV, was charged with one count of money laundering.

Terrence Moore, aka, “Head”, 36, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Milton Murray, 67, of Los Angeles, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid, one count of distribution of Oxycodone, and one count of money laundering.

Shira Nickerson, 46, of Terrell, TX, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Shelby Robinson, age unknown, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Frederick Scott, 40, of Corona, CA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid, one count of distribution of Oxycodone, and one count of money laundering.

Marlin White, 32, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Alton Williams, 41, of Memphis, TN, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

Victor Wright, 55, of Atlanta, GA, was charged with one count of distribution of Dilaudid and one count of distribution of Oxycodone.

33 comments

    • Kevin

      This happened in Whitehaven. You know the part of Memphis that is run by thugs. This part of Memphis is in the news several days a week. Why would anyone want to live in this pathetic part of town?.

      I would be ASHAMED to say that I lived in Whitehaven, Frasyer or Hickory Hill.

      • brian shades

        Why wouldn’t anyone want to live in this part of town….umm let me see….prescription drugs!!!? Ohh ok…here’s another one….take a guess of who’s consuming these PRESCRIPTION DRUGS….they didn’t say crack…..so go figure………sit down

      • the brown cracker

        Hey Kevin i think most people living at or below the poverty line got over being ashamed for being poor after middle school. They’re focused on more important things like survival. Remember the fall from a high horse is a painful one.

    • Lindsey

      What does the race of their customers have to do with anything? You do not have to have the same last name to be family. It sounds like some of the people commenting might be a little mad because they were busted.

    • Whitehaven News

      “They” customers….ha ha. MCS school graduate? Do they touch on grammar in MCS schools? I be, you be, he be…

    • Stephen

      Does you see a pattern in who there customers may be….considering they didn’t get caught selling crack??? …….sit down. – Brian

      Is Brian an English major or what? ” Does you see” “I does see a pattern.” A pattern of a fool that cannot write correctly.

      I do see an idiot.

  • *TERMINUS*

    15yrs really????? & you all just caught them…Good work MPD> Now go find some of there customers you have already o.d’d..Whoops 2late, its been 15yrs.

    • marie mcclaine

      well lets see now…ya ever heard of descendants NOT having the same name? then theres the much more likelihood theyv all.known each.other since forever ago.theyr much more like family.

  • anthonyj

    Dear WREG,
    Aren’t you the least bit curious as to where this “family” got all of these “large quantities of prescription drugs” and cocaine from ???
    As far as I know, the coca plant does not grow in Memphis.
    In addition, these prescription drugs cannot be manufactured in a kitchen like “meth”.
    So, who were their SUPPLIERS???
    After a 15 year investigation by the “FEDS”, why are there only arrests occuring in a predominately BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD called WHITEHAVEN, in Memphis, TN ???
    Aren’t any of you so-called “INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS” even a tad bit curious ???

    • all knowing

      Thank you! But that would mean they would have to come out of white haven and head to those nice big houses in Bartlett and Germantown and we know that no criminal activity goes on in these areas. Sarcasm

  • Don

    The SWAT team, Memphis has a SWAT team? I thought the Director may have ordered them to stand down. Must have been the county Swat team.

    • all knowing

      just ask the Mayberry cops ( Germantown, Bartlett, C’ville )what all MPD has. Ask them who they call for help it ain’t Shelby county

  • mumbo jumbo

    They likely only busted them now to keep the seized cars and cash. They must have had a tip that there was a bunch of easy money there. New body armor, camo and maybe a new armored vehicle for the police state!

  • Vanessa Thompson

    People Please Understand, There Is Some Form of CRIME That Is Going On In EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD Inside as Well as Outside of Memphis, TN and Anywhere Else “U” May Live…..(believe that closed minded people)

  • Educator and Mom

    It doesn’t matter what color, or race, the perps are or who their customers were. I don’t care if they are or aren’t related. That is really irrelevant. Regardless of how long it took, I am glad they busted this so called ‘drug ring.’ I’m sick of hearing about people selling drugs in Memphis; whether it be pills, marijuana, cocaine, crack, or meth. I say get them all. There are people who know these drug dealers and could’ve (should’ve) turned them in. Why is anyone defending these people? Stop defending people who don’t deserve to be defended!

  • willie mae

    Lets be reals. They are blacks. Blacks have infested that part of Memphis. Blacks make up the majority of drug / robbery / murder crimes. I am sure they did sell pills to whites but the solution is still to neuter / spade all blacks so they cannot reproduce.

  • dee

    “willie mae” I hope you are spaded/neautered so the world is not infested with deseases like you. Those people got caught and should deal with there punishment, but in no way is that only a reflection of whitehaven and black communities. Most of there customers are from as you say “white” areas…so start where the problem comes from!

  • brian shades

    Does you see a pattern in who there customers may be….considering they didn’t get caught selling crack??? …….sit down.

  • Whitehaven News

    Reasons not to live in Whithaven? A) A high percentage of violent crime B) A high number of gang activity. C) A section of Memphis that is so dangerous that national chains such as Chilis, Starbucks, O’Charleys, Chick Fil A, Red Lobster, will not open a business there.
    D) High unemployment E) A large percentage of the population is on government assistance. F) A very high percentage of high school dropouts G) A very, very high rate of burglaries. I could go on for days.

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