Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:26

Orange Mound Business Closed as Nuisance

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Aug. 10, 2017 – A convenience store on Park Avenue in Orange Mound where residents have long complained of open drug trafficking, gang activity and menacing loiterers was closed Thursday as a public nuisance, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
The A-1 Speedy Corner at 2408 Park Ave. just east of Airways, which has been the site of at least 185 police calls since June of 2015, will remain closed until further order of the court. A hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Environmental Court/General Sessions Court Div. 14 on the 10th Floor at 201 Poplar.
Referee John Cameron approved a request for a temporary injunction/restraining order submitted this week by Gen. Weirich and Memphis City Atty. and Chief Legal Officer Bruce McMullen.
“This petition is filed in an effort to stop what appears to be an ongoing and increasing problem of criminal conduct at the 2408 property,” the document said in part. “The property is an uncontrolled danger and a nuisance in the heart of an area frequented by senior citizens and children. The property serves as a haven for extensive drug-related sales and other dangerous behavior.”
The business is in a residential and commercial area and is within ½ mile of a senior citizens center, a community center, a church and a school. The business is owned and operated by Shukri Osman of Arlington, while the property is owned by Borou Abdulhakim.
The closure follows a lengthy investigation by the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit (OCU) which observed drug transactions outside the store, and since January of 2016 has compiled at least 15 incident reports involving aggravated assault, robbery, drugs and thefts.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Asst. City Prosecutors William L. Gibbons Jr. and Kenya Hooks.
Under Tennessee nuisance law, the District Attorney General has authority to bring a civil action against any establishment deemed a nuisance. The statute defines a nuisance, in part, as “any place in or upon which. . .unlawful sale of any regulated legend drug, narcotic or other controlled substance. . .quarrelling, drunkenness, fighting or breaches of the peace are carried on or permitted."
Similar investigations by law enforcement have resulted in the DA’s office filing nuisance petitions against the owners of more than 200 residential and business properties.  Some have resulted in permanent closure of the properties, while others have reopened under consent orders after agreeing to measures to curb illegal activity.