Task force announces major drug bust - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Task force announces major drug bust

Officials with the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force announced a major drug bust Monday morning.  The bust, the result of an investigation that lasted several months, resulted in the seizure of 57 pounds of powder cocaine, with a street value of more than $700,000.

United States Attorney David Kustoff said Kevin Taylor, 32, of Memphis was arrested and charged in connection to the bust. Kustoff said keeping cocaine off the streets is a constant battle.

"The cocaine emanates from Texas," Kustoff said. "We're the first big city along the interstate. The New Orleans market has been obliterated, so Memphis is an easy target."

Kustoff said if the powdered cocaine would have been turned into crack cocaine, it would have had a street value of more than $2 million.  According to Attorney General Bill Gibbons, crack is the biggest problem drug currently in Memphis, but other drugs are closing the gap, and could cause bigger problems.

"If Meth ever becomes the drug of choice on the streets of Memphis, we've got a very serious problem," Gibbons said.  "It is much more addictive than crack cocaine.  It'll make our crack cocaine epidemic look like a walk in the park if we ever get to that point."

Taylor will appear in General Sessions Court on Wednesday.

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