Operation Icebreaker in Memphis Aimed At Getting Drugs and Weapons Off The Streets
The Memphis Police Department and the community it serves is celebrating a significant victory in their mission to reduce drug flow and crime rates in the city today. After a yearlong undercover investigation, called Operation Icebreaker, the Memphis Organized Crime Unit made over one dozen arrests and confiscated more than three dozen weapons and drugs intended for sale and distribution.
My Fox Memphis reports that the Memphis Police Department released the names of 23 suspects involved in drug dealing and alleged gang activity. Of those listed, 12 have been indicted on charges of selling such illicit substances as meth, crack cocaine, and heroin, as well as illegal prescription medication and marijuana. They were also charged with illegal possession of over three dozen guns, many of which were high-powered assault rifles.
“At the end of the day, it’s a criminal enterprise. It doesn’t matter to them the fallout or what happens to our communities when they sell those drugs,” the Director of Police, Toney Armstrong said, “Our intent is not just to arrest individuals, but to dismantle those criminal organizations.”
The police department noted that those suspects both already in custody and still wanted are diverse in race and gender; black, white, and Hispanic men and five women have been indicted thus far in the ongoing investigation. The people listed in the Operation Icebreaker investigation live in Shelby and Tipton counties and police continue to seek those 11 others not yet captured.
Because of the gang affiliation, police are hopeful that the arrests will also help reduce other criminal activity in the city and surrounding areas. However the Memphis Police Department has not stated rather the individuals in custody so far are connected in a singular drug trafficking operation or if they worked separately. As Operation Icebreaker continues to round up suspects, guns, and weapons, police hope to inch closer to ending drug-related crime in the city.
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