NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville police dismantled a major drug distribution organization over the past few days after an 8-month investigation, culminating the arrest of 19 people.
Authorities reported Wednesday that those charged, arrested across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, were all mid to upper-level dealers.
Across those three days, officers executed 51 search warrants across the city of Nashville.
They ultimately seized 59 pounds of cocaine, 71 pounds of marijuana, more than $449,000 in cash, 70 guns, 19 cars, 15 motorcycles and 5 ATVs.
“We know this drug network was responsible for funneling large amounts of cocaine to street dealers throughout the greater Nashville area,” said Chief Steve Anderson, who serves as a Drug Task Force board member along with District Attorney General Glenn Funk.
The case began in April after undercover officers confirmed Nicholas Moore, 33, was selling multi-ounce quantities of cocaine.
Months of intense surveillance and investigation led Metro police to one of his suppliers, 27-year-old Melvin Reed. Authorities said Reed was selling cocaine in multi-kilogram quantities.
Reed’s supplier was then identified as Reginald Cooper, 31, of Franklin, and Cooper’s supplier was then identified as John Childrey, 35, who was allegedly receiving cocaine from Mexico via Texas.
Two brothers from Texas are also accused of delivering the cocaine to the organization. The duo, Omar and Nicholas Zamarron, were arrested at the Nashville International Airport on Sunday and charged with money laundering as well large-scale cocaine conspiracy.
- Metro police stated that in addition to the brothers and aforementioned men, the following were also arrested and accused of taking part in the conspiracy as mid-level distributors and street dealers:
- Jeffrey Doss, 35, of Star Boulevard
- Louis Turner, 35, of Alameda Street
- Charles Potter, 32, of Wenlon Drive, Murfreesboro
- Elton Price, 32, of 8102 Bonnafair Drive
- Demarco Moore, 34, of Center Point Road, Hendersonville
- Royce Lake, 29, of Kerry Hawkins Road, La Vergne
- Thomas Ford, 34, Pleasant Colony Drive
- Jason Horton, 33, Eric Drive
- Richard Batey, 35, Acklen Avenue
- Patrick Stanford, 29, 12th Avenue South
- Julian Rivers, 26, Hunters Chase Drive, Franklin
- James Bratten, 65, Rawlings Road, Joelton
According to the release, 31-year-old Alexis Springer is accused of aiding the conspiracy by helping arrange stash houses and money laundering activities.
Over 3 dozen pounds of cocaine were seized from two homes, one on Kirk Avenue and the other Cedar Ash Crossing, where a majority of the marijuana was also seized.
Metro police are actually working on seizing four properties: 1725 Simpkins Street (Childrey’s home), 2220 Buena Vista Pike (stash location), 2304 Buena Vista Pike (stash location), and 3700 Brickmont Drive (stash house).