‘Notorious’ Nutbush crack house closed as public nuisance, DA says

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Edited to add additional information from the Memphis Police Department.

A house in the Nutbush neighborhood described by neighbors as “notorious and dangerous” was closed Friday as a public nuisance, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

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Neighbors told the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit that the home at 1673 National St. was “a known crack house” where cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and fentanyl were bought and sold.

The house in northeast Memphis was also known for violent crime, according to the D.A.’s office.

On Friday, July 24, an Environmental Court judge granted a temporary injunction petition filed by the District Attorney’s Office and the Memphis City Attorney’s Office.

Between February 2020 and June 2022, there were 15 reports of assaults, vandalism, overdoses, and narcotics-related incidents at the house. Two homicides also happened at the location.

Police reported responding to 229 calls for service during that period within a half mile of 1673 National.

In May of this year, police said a girl was playing with a dog outside the home when a man walking by shot the dog, killing it, and then continued walking, according to the D.A.’s office.

According to MPD, while conducting surveillance, the investigators observed several people using drugs, consuming alcohol, and engaging in illegal sales of illicit narcotics.

The investigators also made several traffic stops and consensual encounters with people leaving the residence, which resulted in (2) felony arrests, 20.6 grams of marijuana, 8.0 grams of Cocaine, 12.8 grams of Methamphetamine, 2.6 grams of Fentanyl, and 1 Alprazolam pill.

On April 26, 2022, Organized Crime Unit presented the finding of this investigation to the Shelby County Attorney General’s Office for review.

On July 22, 2022, Judge Patrick Dandridge, Division 14 of the Shelby County General Sessions Criminal Court, deemed the location a public nuisance.

The house is located less than a mile from three churches and Douglas High School.

A resident of the home, Betty Pratt, aka Betty Davis, and the property’s owner, Marbella Investment, LLC, are listed as respondents in the petition, the D.A. said.

A hearing was set for 10 a.m. on July 28 for the owners to show why the injunction should not be made permanent.

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