SHELBY CO., Tenn. — A drug investigation in the Mid-South resulted in the indictments of 17 people.
The 18-month investigation found a wide-ranging organization that distributed drugs in Shelby County and parts of the Mid-South, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
Investigators said the leader of the drug organization, Vanrico Clayton, 31, would buy methamphetamine for $3,500 to $4,000 per pound – and then sell it for between $400 and $600 per ounce.
Clayton laundered around $30,000 by investing drug proceeds in a chicken restaurant on Mt. Moriah Ext. in Memphis, investigators said.
At least one worker was paid in meth for remodeling work he did at the restaurant.
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Included in the indictments are leaders, co-conspirators, and dealers who helped distribute the drugs throughout Shelby County and the Mid-South – ranging from Sardis, Miss. to Rutherford, Tenn.
Officials said the drugs were pre-packaged in the Frayser area before being delivered to buyers and sellers at businesses and residences by a “courier riding a bicycle.”
One raid found more than two pounds of methamphetamine stored inside a doghouse behind a residence.
The defendants were indicted on state charges of possession of 300 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell/deliver within a school zone and possession of a firearm.
Investigators didn't identify the name of the restaurant involved in the money laundering.
These are the people indicted, according to investigators:
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