Neighbors’ complaints lead to drug bust

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 12:01am
Staff Reports

Residents in Hopewell community of Old Hickory yelled loud enough about drug activity in their neighborhood and Metro Police heard them.

Following up on the citizen complaints, police armed with a search warrant late last week arrested five people and charged them with an assortment of drugs and weapons felonies, according to police reports.

Arrested in a house at 318 Capital Street were residents Charles E. Staten and Elizabeth Childress, both 43, along with Pierre Chatman, 23, and Donald Howard, 34, both of Madison, and 19-year-old Nashon Kimble, address unknown.

Police said a preliminary investigation of the property showed crack cocaine and marijuana had been sold from the house over several weeks.

Neighbors had long complained to police about drug activity, Metro Police said, and with the help of SWAT officers and assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, charges were brought on Thursday.

Staten, who has a prior felony drug conviction, according to police records, was charged with possession of cocaine for resale, possession of marijuana and unlawful gun possession, according to police, who reported that Childress was charged with possession of marijuana and hydrocodone.

Chatman and Howard face drug charges, while Kimble faces gun and drug charges, reports show.

Police say additional charges may be forthcoming.


2 Comments on this post:

By: eastnashville37207 on 6/22/09 at 1:30

Kudos to the neighbors and neighborhoods who rid the communities of all this on going drug dealing in Nashville.
Neighbors need to arm themselves with cameras, camcorders etc and send the fools to jail.
Great job Hopewell Community, keep up the good work.

By: pandabear on 6/22/09 at 6:34

Yeah, and it might be a good idea to arm yourselves with firearms too.

That way, if the photos and videos don't work ...