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The group most likely to be prescribed — and addicted to — opioids

They are mothers, wives, daughters and sisters. They are accountants, professors, researchers, firefighters and more. Perhaps most surprising of all is that this group of people is most likely to be prescribed opioids when they go to an emergency room or when they leave a hospital after surgery. Who are these people? According to a recent study, they are middle-aged women.

That initial prescription can sometimes result in an opioid addiction that can compel a person to commit drug crimes in order to feed a powerful hunger.

Five arrested in Tennessee meth bust

About three hours northeast of Memphis is the small town of Dresden, Tennessee. The county seat of Weakley Count is the site of the recent arrest of five people. The two men and three women are all charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, as well as other charges.

The arrests were made after county deputies and town police officers served a search warrant and found 35 grams of meth on the property.

Pastor arrested for not reporting cop's alleged child sex abuse

A Memphis TV station recently reported that a pastor has been arrested for failing to notify law enforcement officials of potential child sex abuse by a sheriff's deputy.

The 51-year-old Alabama pastor is charged with violating a mandatory reporting law which requires pastors to notify the police or the state Department of Human Resources when he believes or suspects that a child sex crime has occurred.

A wild ride: from pick-up to bike to jail

About halfway through a drive from Memphis to Nashville, you will find Weakley County. The area is home to a man charged with multiple crimes after he allegedly stole a pick-up, crashed it and then stole a bicycle.

He is accused of driving under the influence and an implied consent violation, as well as leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended or revoked license, burglary, theft and more, with additional charges coming, a TV news report stated.

Former Memphis Grizzlies star facing reduced drug charge

He's a King now, but for years Zach Randolph ruled the basketball court in Memphis. The Sacramento Kings power forward was arrested last month on a felony drug charge of possessing marijuana with intent to sell. However, after talking matters over with Randolph's criminal defense attorney, Los Angeles prosecutors recently reduced the charge to misdemeanor marijuana possession.

The former member of the Memphis Grizzlies is also accused of resisting arrest when he was taken into custody when he was with a large group of people who were "drinking, smoking marijuana, blasting music and blocking streets," according to police statements.

Cop on motorcycle accused of DUI, riding with a child

It is a little more than a five-hour drive from Memphis to Douglasville, Georgia, whether you are in a car or on a motorcycle. According to news reports, at least one man southeast of us won't be making that trip on his cycle any time soon.

The Douglasville police officer was recently arrested on charges that he drove under the influence of alcohol and that he had an 11-year-old child on the back of his motorcycle.

Police: three-state crime spree ended in Tennessee

If you drive east of Memphis for about four hours, you will come to Coffee County. The area is known for farming, but lately made the news as the final stop on what police say was a three-state crime spree for a group of three young men and two teens under 18.

The five suspects under arrest have been charged with sexual assault, among other felonies. In Valdosta, Georgia, 50 warrants have been issued for the group; 45 are for alleged felonies, according to a news report.

Do the Memphis Tigers have a drug-dealing problem?

The University of Memphis Tigers have a long and rich history filled with NCAA tournaments, rankings and even a pair of national title game appearances (though, unfortunately, no titles yet).

But the program also a well-publicized history of internal problems. The latest, the Commercial-Appeal argues, is the number of former Memphis players who have been accused of drug-trafficking.

Memphis police arrest dozens for drug-dealing

Some of our readers might remember the powerful 1980s documentary "Cocaine Cowboys." It traced the explosion of violence and cash that came with the influx of easily available, affordable cocaine.

Memphis police borrowed from the film when choosing a name for a recent enforcement campaign targeting an alleged drug-trafficking operation funneling the drug into North Memphis. "Operation Cocaine Cowboy" resulted in 26 arrests late last week, though authorities said they are still looking for another 10 people suspected of drug-dealing crimes.

No conviction, no charge: police still seize property

It is hard to believe that it happens in America, but it does. It even happens right here in Shelby County: law enforcement officials seize property from people who have not been convicted of any crime. In fact, sometimes they have not even been charged with a crime.

Take the case of a 54-year-old man not far from Memphis. His teenage son was driving his 2005 Mercedes when he was pulled over by Millington police and arrested "on marijuana charges." The police department seized the Army veteran's car under the civil asset forfeiture law and intended to sell it, though its owner had not been charged or convicted.

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