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A Shelbyville woman has been charged with engaging in organized crime, a rare but not unknown charge in the city, police say.
Paris-France Tevis, 22, who was listed as a resident of the city at large, was so charged July 9 on an outstanding E-warrant July 9 after she had been arrested at 4:11 p.m. on Midland Trail and charged with unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance.
A footnote in the arrest report by the Shelbyville Police Officer Jesse Paulley related the organized crime charges to four counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree assault. No details were included in the report.
Shelbyville Police Department spokesperson Kelly Cable said that though he suspects so, he does not know whether the charges against Tevis are related.
He said that organized crime refers to a large group of people working together in criminal activity, such as a mafia or, in medium sized-cities, sort of an amateur crime syndicate.
“They work together and usually have a leader, or boss, somebody in charge,” he said. “We don’t see a lot of organized crime in smaller towns; it’s more widespread in large cities.”
In smaller places, such as Shelbyville, such crime rings are usually theft or drugs rings, he said.
“We consider it a serious matter, because if you have a bunch of people breaking into houses, for example, then you’re dealing not just with one or two individuals, but with several,” Cable said. “Another reason we don’t see it a lot around here is because it’s hard to bring that charge because they don’t like to rat each other out, especially in a smaller area where they’re more likely to encounter each other.”
Organized crime is a Class B felony, which carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years.