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“Major Stackz Street Gang” Member Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – "Major Stackz Street Gang" member Terrence Harper a/k/a "Red", 45, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess methamphetamine and heroin with intent to distribute. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, between February and November of 2017, Harper was an associate of a drug trafficking organization whose members identified themselves as "Major Stackz Entertainment." During this time period, Harper conspired with others to traffic several pounds of methamphetamine from the Los Angeles, California area to Memphis, Tennessee. Harper was also found to have bought and sold heroin, and in November of 2017, was found in possession of a large amount of heroin at a residence in Hickory Hill.

Members and associates of Major Stackz used firearms to protect their supply of drugs, supply routes, profits and distribution territory from competing drug trafficking organizations. The members and associates are from different, traditional street gangs, including the Young Mob, Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, Kitchen Crips, and Bloods that have joined together to make money through criminal activity.

Symbolism played a large role in Major Stackz culture. The primary symbol with which the gang associated was the acronym "MSE" for "Major Stackz Entertainment." Shirts and social media posts containing words like "MSE," "Major Stack," or "Stackz," were also known as gang identifiers. Major Stackz started in and primarily operated out of the East Memphis area near the intersection of Kerr and Pillow Street in an area known to the locals as "DHG" or "Dope, hoes and guns."

On July 11, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Sheryl H. Lipman sentenced Harper to 120 months in federal prison followed by 5 years supervised release.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: "Distribution of illegal narcotics is not a victimless crime. The drug seller, at every level of distribution, is at the root of the pervasive cycle of drug abuse. Measured by the harm it inflicts upon the addict, and, through him, upon society as a whole, drug dealing in its present epidemic proportions is a grave offense of high rank. ‘Red’ brought large quantities of meth and heroin into Memphis for resale, and will now be ‘stacked up’ with a long prison sentence for his harmful crimes."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Memphis Police Department, Multi Agency Gang Unit and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean DeCandia prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.


Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231

Updated July 12, 2019