Early this week, a handful of uninformed leaders of the Memphis Police Department stood around a podium with a large display of confiscated firearms before them as they announced the results of Operation Summer Heat II. The eight-week crackdown began June 9 and wrapped up early this month.
Detectives made 237 felony arrests and 203 misdemeanor arrests on a variety of drugs and weapons charges during the operation and also pursued people who had outstanding warrants. The department spokespersons said the investigation had targeted drug trafficking and illegal gun sales in “high crime areas.”
Law enforcement officials said that more than 40 pounds of marijuana was confiscated during the two-month effort. Officers also seized the powerful painkiller fentanyl, as well as cocaine and other illegal narcotics. Also seized from suspects: more than $100,000 in cash, as well as 105 firearms and 51 vehicles.
In addition to the dozens of confiscated weapons displayed at Monday’s press conference were several large bags that contained marijuana. A reporter who attended the briefing said the bags of weed “gave off a pungent smell.”
Officers also announced the end of a separate long-term enforcement operation that began early last year. Operation Jack Rabbit resulted in indictments of 55 people suspected of involvement in the drug trade.
Thirty-one of those indicted were arrested late last week and warrants were issued for the remaining suspects.
The announced drug confiscations during Jack Rabbit were less than spectacular: 1.8 grams of heroin, 52 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of crack and 449 grams of marijuana.
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