Authorities: 7 charged in Operation LeGend in Memphis
Published 9:40 am Thursday, August 20, 2020
MEMPHIS (AP) — Seven people have been charged in Tennessee after federal agents were sent to Memphis to fight violent crime, authorities said.
U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant said in a news release that two people were charged with using drugs while possessing a firearm and lying when buying a gun from a federal firearms licensee. One person was charged with possessing a firearm while illegally in the U.S., and another was charged with distributing methamphetamine.
Three cases, a bank robbery and two thefts from federal firearms licensees, remain under seal.
Memphis is one of seven U.S. cities where federal agents have gone as part of Operation LeGend. About 40 agents have been sent to Memphis.
The Commercial Appeal reported that the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday against a resolution showing disapproval for the operation.
Some members expressed concern over a lack of local control over the agents and questioned whether the agents would only focus on violent crime.