Plea deal in ‘Operation Candy Crush’ could cost Rutherford County taxpayers

Posted at 6:24 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 07:48:21-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — The high-profile “Candy Crush” case is now on hold, and a plea could cost Rutherford County taxpayers big money.

Operation Candy Crush made big news in 2018 as authorities busted stores allegedly selling illegal marijuana products, like gummies, in Rutherford County.

Of course, now we know it was all a big mistake. The stores were selling legal CBD products, and weeks later, the charges were dropped. However, the damage was done.

The businesses had been shuttered, losing thousands of dollars and some even went out of business. Lawsuits were filed, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled — in this case — the District attorney and law enforcement are not protected by qualified immunity.

So in this case, the facts are such that the authorities can be sued, and it was to be set for trial. However, I’ve now learned that it is all on hold while both sides work to negotiate a plea. Keep in mind the defendants include the district attorney, Rutherford County sheriff and the Smyrna police chief.

Legal experts tell me it’s highly unlikely that the case will go to trial. They say the facts of the Candy Crush raids are embarrassing and not good for the defense.

A costly settlement is likely coming – and soon.