Two More Plead Guilty in Evidence Room Thefts


Memphis, Tenn. (AP) -- Five defendants now have pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to steal money and drugs from a police evidence room.

In all, 16 people have been charged by a federal grand jury in an investigation that links thefts from the evidence room to a cocaine dealing ring.

The latest pleas came Monday and Tuesday from Julius Jamar Winder, 33, and Crystal Greer, 24.

Winder admitted possessing cocaine, while Greer pleaded guilty to money laundering.

The ongoing investigation focuses on thefts from the Memphis Police Departments "property room," where evidence seized in criminal cases is stored.

Among those indicted are three former civilian workers in the property room. No commissioned police officers have been charged.

None of the accused who have accepted various criminal charges are believed to have been leaders of the theft scheme.

With her plea, Greer admitted accepting more than $19,000 she knew was gained from illegal activity and spending it to buy a car.

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