Businessman sues City of Millington for $1.5 million - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Businessman sues City of Millington for $1.5 million

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MILLINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Millington businessman arrested in a drug sting is now suing the city.

Marlin Roberts, who owns the Transmission Doctors, is taking the Millington police chief, a detective, and a K-9 officer to court.

The lawsuit stems from Roberts' arrest, which happened in January 2011.

His lawsuit says unsubstantiated actions by the city and police department have hurt his business to the tune of $1.5 million.

Roberts is holding comments close to his vest after filing the lawsuit in federal court, but the documents speak for themselves.

Roberts was charged in a drug sting based on evidence submitted by Detective Michael Rose and K-9 Officer D. Frazier.

Five businesses, including Roberts' business, were busted by police.

Now, Roberts' complaint says evidence the officers say they found in the undercover operation is non-existent.

The officers said he sold and delivered cocaine, morphine, Hydrocodone, and Xanax from his shop.

But Roberts says the police departments' written narratives do not match the video recorded by a confidential informant.

In one alleged drug transaction, Roberts claims the written narrative said Roberts told the informant he "only had one hydrocodone and one morphine pill today, but would have more hydrocodone pills tomorrow".

Roberts claims there was no verbal exchange in the actual video. He also accuses the City of Millington and the police department of failing to adequately train the officers.

Millington Police also targeted Roberts in an illegal gambling investigation. The city targeted him in a pollution investigation and he has also been raided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation three times.

Roberts is calling for a jury trial in this matter.

The police chief told Action News 5 that he had not heard about the lawsuit.

The City of Millington has not answered our request for comment.

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