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.
In late April, the Memphis Police Department's Organized Crime Unit served search warrants that resulted in the seizure of 9.8 pounds of cocaine, officials said. They also seized 144.5 grams of marijuana, firearms, vehicles, approximately $185,000 in cash and an assortment of other illegal substances.
In the course of making last week's arrests, law enforcement officials said they seized an additional 45.8 grams of crack cocaine, 7.2 grams of powder cocaine and about $8,000 in cash.
According to the Commercial Appeal, police officials said at least some of the cocaine was brought here from Texas. It is apparently unclear in which country the drug was manufactured.
The newspaper points out that some past drug operations have resulted in larger seizures, including a 2013 enforcement effort that resulted in confiscation of more than a ton of marijuana.
Five “upper level distributors" were among those identified by officials at a press conference. They are all in custody.
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