Feds arrest alleged drug dealer suspected of fueling Texas-to-Nashville operation

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 1:00am

Federal drug enforcement agents in Nashville last week took down the target of a multi-state narcotics investigation after learning that the alleged drug dealer, Dagoberto Rodriguez, was in Nashville, possibly for a hit on a person who was disloyal to him.

According to court documents filed the day after the May 17 arrest in Nashville of Rodriguez and two of his associates, Miguel Rodriguez and Raul Enrique Godinez-Ramos, federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officers in El Paso, Texas, were the first authorities to begin investigating Rodriguez.

It is not clear how authorities first came to suspect that Rodriquez was smuggling drugs across state lines.

But in March, after El Paso DEA agents secured a wiretap, they learned that Rodriguez was allegedly planning to deliver his drugs to Nashville.

The federal wiretap that was authorized by a U.S. District Court in Texas also let El Paso DEA agents listen in on a phone call made by two of Rodriguez

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