Postal worker among 25 indicted in Memphis-area drug bust
By Jennifer Cruz
Authorities say a USPS worker used his position to help bring drugs into the city. (Photo: Shelby County District Attorney)
Officials announced Thursday the indictment of 25 people, including a postal worker and several pharmaceutical workers, believed to be involved in a Memphis-area drug-running ring.
The indictments came as the result of a seven-month long investigation conducted by the Memphis Police Department’s organized crime unit. The investigation was dubbed “Operation: Wait a Minute Mr. Postman.”
Through the investigation, authorities recovered 42 pounds of marijuana, three kilograms of heroin, one kilogram of Fentanyl, 1,421 grams of cocaine, 7,900 Oxycodone pills, 25 morphine pills, 13 handguns, 33 motor vehicles, three motorcycles and approximately $210,000 in cash, according to a statement from the Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
Additionally, during a raid conducted last week, which resulted in the arrest of 20 people, authorities recovered another 7.3 grams of heroin, 5.9 grams of marijuana, .4 grams of crack cocaine, and two handguns. Four vehicles and $17,473 cash was also seized.
Among those named in the indictment was Letravius Shaw, 33, a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. Shaw, who was taken into police custody Wednesday, is accused of using his position with the