Memphis motel can reopen after agreeing to improve security

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A northeast Memphis motel closed indefinitely after being deemed a nuisance last week will be allowed to reopen after agreeing to more security measures.

On Sept. 27, Memphis police officers flooded the Red Roof Inn at Shelby Oaks and began knocking on doors telling people to get out.

Several hours later, the District Attorney's Office released information saying that the motel had been closed after being deemed a public nuisance. It said a police investigation found that there had been multiple instances of illegal drug activity, burglaries, thefts and prostitution on the property.

The Red Roof Inn has also reportedly been the site of multiple drug overdoses — four of them fatal — between March 2017 and August 2019.

Memphis police have responded to the business more than 150 times between August 2018 and August 2019.

A week later, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said owners could reopen after they agreed to employ a security guard seven days a week, install surveillance cameras which can be accessed by Memphis police, allow police access to all common areas at all times, keep detailed records regarding each room, and deny room rental to any person known to have engaged in nuisance activity at the motel.

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