Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:52

Midtown Deli Closed As Public Nuisance

Jan. 10, 2019 – A Midtown deli was closed today as a public nuisance because of numerous incidents involving drug trafficking, prostitution, assaults, robberies and thefts, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
An investigation by the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit showed 69 calls for service between June of 2016 and September of 2018 at the Express Deli and Grocery at 1295 Jefferson Ave. at Claybrook.
Those resulted in 43 incident reports and 29 arrests, including 17 felony arrests on the store’s premises and surrounding property.
The store’s owner, identified as Fatima Saeidi, is scheduled for a hearing at 10:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Patrick Dandridge in Environmental Court/General Sessions Div.14 on the 10th Floor of 201 Poplar.
The owner will be asked to show why the temporary injunction/restraining order should not be made permanent. Police said the store attracts loiterers, crack cocaine traffickers and is the site of “illegal and dangerous activity.”
The store is in a residential and commercial area, and is less than 1/3 mile from two churches and a school.
The petition was filed by DA Weirich and Memphis City Atty. Bruce McMullen.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Asst. City Prosecutor Kenya Hooks.