Four arrested in north Nashville market raid

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 3:54pm

The J Street Market advertises tobacco and cold beer, but police say marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy were allegedly also sold there.

Members of the Metro Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit raided the market at 2622 Jefferson St. and served warrants at two other locations Tuesday, making a total of five drug-related arrests so far while seizing marijuana, ecstasy and cash.

Police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said the raid followed a six-week investigation during which undercover police bought “large amounts” of cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. During Tuesday afternoon’s raid at the market police said they found only marijuana and cash.

James L. (“Dred”) Alexander, 24, and Dell Durrett, 39, were arrested at the market. Alexander faces multiple counts of felony sales of marijuana and ecstasy. Durrett faces cocaine charges.

Police are still searching for Deshanta Laron (“Ron”) Brooks, 29. He is accused of multiple felony sales of marijuana and ecstasy from the market, police said.

“They probably sold more dope than they did market goods out of this location,” North Precinct Cmdr. Anthony Carter said.

The owner of the J Street market is not believed to be involved with the drug sales, police said.

Earlier Tuesday police arrested Robert Damar (“OG Killa”) Osborne, 29, while executing a search warrant at his home at 5436 Eulala Drive. Marijuana, ecstasy and weapons were recovered there, according to police.

Osborne is accused of selling ecstasy from his car in the market parking lot and also in the parking lot of the Shell Station at Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard and Clay Street.

Roshaun Kimble, 27, was also arrested at the Eulala home. He faces a Crooks with Guns violation and felony possession of Lortab.

Carter said there were a “tremendous amount” of locations in the north precinct being investigated currently and he expected more search warrants to be served Tuesday as well as in the coming days.