Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years for Drug Trafficking
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN – Craig Parham, 41, has been sentenced to 180 months in federal prison for drug
trafficking. Joseph C. Murphy Jr., United States Attorney announced the sentence today.
According to information presented in court, from September 2017 through March of 2020, Craig
Parham and his co-conspirators formed a group named the Smokey City Bullies or SCB. This group
distributed illegal narcotics in the North Memphis (Smokey City) area of Memphis, TN. Most of these
individuals displayed their affiliation to the Smokey City Bullies through their Facebook accounts.
Furthermore, these Facebook accounts depicted these individuals displaying SCB memorabilia, inside
of locations where controlled purchases during this investigation have been made, and in front of
other locations where state search warrants have been previously executed. They also posted
photographs of themselves displaying drugs, guns, and cash.
The SCBs primarily sold illegal narcotics out of two residences in Smokey City. The first residence
was a duplex on North Dunlap St., Memphis, TN. The second residence was located on Keel Avenue,
Memphis, TN. Members of the Smokey City Bullies worked rotating shifts to sell illegal narcotics
to customers at those houses. These residences were around the corner from one another, and their
backyards were adjacent.
This long-term investigation involved confidential informants, undercover buys, undercover
surveillance, and Facebook search warrants. Craig Parham participated in the following controlled
buys: On December 19, 2019, Parham possessed in his waistband a revolver when he sold approximately
54 grams of a cocaine base to an undercover ATF agent. On March 4, 2020, Parham sold approximately
28 grams of a cocaine base and 14
grams of powder cocaine to an undercover ATF agent inside on Dunlap, Memphis, TN.
Craig Parham pled guilty on May 3, 2022.
On September 15, 2022, U.S. Senior Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr., sentenced Parham to 15 years
imprisonment to be followed by three years’ supervised release. There is no parole in the federal
Assistant United States Attorneys P. Neal Oldham and Wendy K. Cornejo prosecuted this case on
behalf of the government.
Updated September 21, 2022