Thursday, July 17, 2008

Whitten Road Hotel Closed

Posted on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 4:00 AM

After a year-long undercover investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Narcotics and Street Crimes bureaus, the East Memphis Traveler’s Inn has been temporarily closed.

The hotel, located at 1776 Whitten Road, was closed as a result of a public nuisance action.

On Tuesday, the grand jury indicted 11 people on 15 counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, distribute, or sell.

In a statement, Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell said, "We believe the closing of this hotel and the indictment of these 11 people will significantly reduce crime not only in this part of Shelby County, but in the neighboring communities of Memphis and Bartlett. Let this be a warning to those involved in organized criminal activity."

During the 12-month investigation, deputies responded to more than a 100 calls of burglaries, thefts of property, domestic violence, prostitution and drug sales at the hotel.

“We will not hesitate to go after business owners who ignore — and in some cases even condone — drug trafficking, prostitution, and other crimes occurring on their properties. Such owners need to understand they are subject to being shut down and having their personal property forfeited and sold at auction,” warned District Attorney Bill Gibbons.

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