Police seize 8 kilos of cocaine hidden in spare tire

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 10:02pm
Staff reports
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Tireless efforts on the part of Metro Nashville's Interstate Interdiction Unit and Mt. Juliet Police led to the seizure of 8 kilograms of cocaine from a vehicle on Interstate 40, officials said.

Officers found the drugs — estimated to be worth $250,000 on the street — hidden in the spare tire of a Chevrolet Tahoe, police said.

The vehicle was located and stopped for speeding in Mt. Juliet after Metro officers stopped a vehicle traveling with Tahoe on Wednesday afternoon.

A police canine alerted to the presence of a drug odor coming from the vehicle. The spare tire, which was under the vehicle, showed signs of tampering. When officers removed it, they found eight packages of cocaine weighing 17.6 pounds. Nearly $900 cash was also recovered.

The driver of the Tahoe, Rodrigo Leon-Castillo, 36, of Katy, Texas, is being charged federally with trafficking cocaine. Police believe he was traveling from Houston to Washington, D.C.

Metro alerted Mt. Juliet officers after an officer stopped a Chevrolet Impala with Texas plates for a traffic violation in west Nashville, police said.


 

5 Comments on this post:

By: eastnashville37207 on 9/24/09 at 2:54

Great job by all involved. Send these guys straight to jail with no bond. I question any city/state that opens their arms to illegals.

By: Loso on 9/24/09 at 7:30

he should have just sold it here. thats what he gets! lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/24/09 at 7:37

eastnashville, where does it say he is an illegal immigrant?

By: nothingbutagthng on 9/24/09 at 8:22

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/24/09 at 8:37
eastnashville, where does it say he is an illegal immigrant?
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He didn't say that particular person was an illegal immigrant, he said question any person from any city/ state which opens their arms or welcomes illegals

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/24/09 at 9:18

wow, now that's some paranoia.