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.

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