Two pounds of fentanyl seized in undercover Shelby County investigation, TBI says

CORDOVA, Tenn. — Two pounds of fentanyl was seized in an undercover investigation in Shelby County, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported Thursday.

Wednesday, as part of an investigation that began in August, TBI agents and the Narcotic’s Unit with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a home in the 1200 block of Breezy Valley Drive in Cordova.

Two pounds of fentanyl, additional unknown white powder, a weapon, and cash were seized during the search.

The street value of two pounds of fentanyl is estimated at $110,000.

TBI agents arrested Darius Harshaw on counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent, Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

He was booked into the Shelby County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

The joint investigation by special agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, with the support of Homeland Security Investigation – Memphis Office likely saved countless lives, the TBI said.

“Last year, Tennessee experienced a significant increase in overdose deaths. Fentanyl or fentanyl in combination with other drugs was the primary culprit responsible for those deaths,” said Darryl Richardson, TBI Assistant Director, Drug Investigation Division. “The health and safety of our Tennessee communities is a top priority for TBI, which is why we work tirelessly with our district attorney offices and local and federal partners to target drug traffickers such as this.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with agents from the TBI and the Memphis Homeland Security Investigation office,” said Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. “By working together, we are able to make a larger impact and remove these dangerous drugs from our community streets.”