Crystal methamphetamine typically looks like pieces of glass or blue-white rocks. The addictive stimulant was at the heart of a recent federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforcement action dubbed “Operation Crystal Mountain.”
It takes a little over an hour to drive northeast of Memphis to Jackson, Tennessee. The blue-collar city of about 65,000 isn’t the home of famous movie or music stars, but law enforcement officials say a Jackson nurse practitioner who dressed like a rock star and tried to launch a reality TV series about himself was more than a colorful local character.
It happens every day: people see a news report about an arrest and automatically assume that the accused is guilty. In reality, police officers are human beings, too. They sometimes make mistakes, and in the worst cases, are sometimes dishonest and even violent when making arrests.
Just a few minutes northeast of Memphis is where you’ll find Bartlett. The suburb is home to a couple who were recently arrested on drug-related charges, according to a recent news report.
The Memphis Police Department recently announced that it had completed a six-week “proactive enforcement detail” in the city. Dubbed “Operation Spring Cleaning,” it focused on three particular types of illegal activities, MPD said: possession of illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms and violent crimes.
If you drive east of Memphis for about three hours, you will find yourself in sparsely populated Hardin County. Though less than 30,000 people live in the rural area, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies conducted an operation in which 28 people were arrested on drug and weapons charges.
If you drive about 400 miles east of Memphis, you will arrive in Athens, Tennessee. The town of about 13,000 residents was recently the site of a law enforcement raid on a home that authorities believed was used to make illegal drug sales.
If you drive northeast of Memphis for about six hours, you will come to Clay County. Though there are only approximately 8,000 residents in the small county, it has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of opioids dispensed per capita than anywhere else in Tennessee.
With a blue-collar toughness, star point guard Andre Allen was a pivotal figure on the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team from 3005 to 2008. Alongside transcendent talent Derrick Rose, the undersized Allen helped the Tigers win a record 38 games in his senior season. The Tigers fell just short of winning a national championship, in part because Allen was kicked off of the squad just prior to the Final Four after he failed a NCAA-mandated drug test.
Early last year, Memphis-based rapper BlocBoy JB and his friend, Drake, released “Look Alive,” a collaboration that climbed all the way to number six on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. In July 2018, BlocBoy JB’s South Walnut Bend Road home was raided by the Shelby County Narcotics Unit armed with a search warrant that named James Baker (BlocBoy JB’s real name) as its intended target.