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Memphis Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Fentanyl and Firearm Offenses

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

Memphis, TN – Darius Harshaw, 36, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 400 grams of fentanyl and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the sentence today.

According to the information presented in court, in August 2021, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation jointly with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Darius Harshaw. On September 15, 2021, officers executed a search warrant where Harshaw resided and located numerous narcotics, including 873 grams of fentanyl, a firearm, and a money counter.

As a result of his prior felony history, Harshaw is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

Harshaw pled guilty to ownership of the narcotics and the firearm on November 7, 2022.

On February 9, 2023, United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla sentenced Harshaw to 180 months in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was jointly investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance of ATF and the Department of Homeland Security Investigation.

United States Attorney Kevin Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorney Gregory Allen, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement partners who investigated the case.


For more information, please contact Public Information Officer Cherri Green at (901) 544-4231 or Follow @WDTNNews on Twitter for office news and updates.

Updated February 13, 2023