Eight people, 200 pounds of marijuana, $1.3 million cash and 22 guns are off the streets following a three-week-long law enforcement investigation by federal, state and local agencies.
Authorities allege that at least eight people trafficked large amounts of marijuana to Nashville and prompted an investigation that led to those arrests and confiscations. Drug agents in Nashville, Maury County, Smyrna, and Birmingham, Ala., participated in the investigation.
According to Metro police, airborne drug agents followed two vehicles to Nashville after officers on Monday learned that a marijuana shipment was en route from Alabama.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol pulled the vehicles over on Interstate 65 in Davidson County. According to the police department, officers found 120 pounds of marijuana and arrested three people on charges involving conspiring to distribute marijuana.
They are: Ronald Dean Hall, 46, of 1400 Mohawk Trail, Madison ($50,000 bond); James Ray Jones, 36, of 7956 Whites Creek Pike, Goodlettsville ($62,000 bond); and Scotty Lee Jones, 28, of 313 Santa Rosa, Old Hickory ($50,000 bond).
Police then executed search warrants in the mid-state area, including at 4571 Dugger Road in Culleoka (Maury County) where law enforcement allegedly seized 8 pounds of marijuana, 21 guns and $1.2 million cash ($100,000 was located in a trailer; $1.1 million in $100 bills was found inside a military ammunition can concealed in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle on the property).
There authorities arrested Jerry Lee Tuttle, 63, who is charged with engaging in a marijuana distribution conspiracy, weapon possession by a convicted felon, felony marijuana possession and felony cocaine possession ($2 million bond); and Tammy Ann Tuttle, 44, Jerry Tuttle’s wife, who is charged with engaging in a marijuana distribution conspiracy, felony marijuana possession and felony cocaine possession ($2 million bond).
At 1126 Remuda Circle in Smyrna, officers and agents allegedly found 80 pounds of marijuana, one pistol-grip shotgun and $125,000 cash. There they arrested Christopher Lee Tuttle (Jerry Tuttle’s son), 38, who is charged with felony marijuana possession ($10,000 bond); and Shawn Patrick Evans, 36, who is charged with felony marijuana possession ($10,000 bond).
Also charged with engaging in marijuana distribution conspiracy in the case is Nashvillian Nathan Ray Phillips, 32, of 2921 Old Franklin Road.
Police allege they found a “small amount” of marijuana and $12,000 cash during a search of Phillips’ apartment Tuesday.
The investigation also included the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maury County Sheriff’s Office, the Smyrna Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.