MILLINGTON, TN (abc24.com) - A five-month investigation led to a major drug sting in Millington. Undercover officers bought cocaine and other drugs from two convenience stores, a liquor store, a hotel, and the same auto shop involved in the mayor's troubles. The investigation led to indictments of 14 people for a total of 65 counts of illegal drug sales.
“I’m surprised, shocked, and disappointed," said an employee of JetWay, Ben Floyd.
His boss, Kalid Alkhettab, was arrested on December 8, 2011 after investigators say he sold drugs to undercover police officers.
"I've known Kal for 15, 17 years. I've worked here for 3 and he's the straightest guy I know other than myself,” said Floyd.
Millington Police think otherwise.
"We had marijuana, cocaine, crack, morphine tabs, and illegal prescription narcotics,” said Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas.
JetWay Market wasn't the only place officers targeted. The owners of the Super Navy Market, Millington Liquor, the Regency Inn, and Transmission Doctors all have warrants out for their arrest. Transmission Doctors has been on the TBI's radar for months. Agents looked at everything from illegal gambling to kickbacks at the shop between the owner and Mayor Richard Hodges.
“As far as we determined the mayor has nothing to do in this aspect with Transmission Doctors at all,” said Chief Douglas.
The majority of the busts took place on Navy Road.
"There’s probably a ring of them working together. I just hope they get the big boys,” said Millington resident Jerry Shores.
That's something investigators say they're working on. Police say this is a continuation of business-related arrests for selling illegal narcotics in the City of Millington.