Pot trafficking investigation leads to indictment of 29, including drug treatment manager

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 6:35pm
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William Scott Ross

A six-month-long police investigation has led to the indictment of 29 people allegedly involved in the trafficking of high-grade marijuana into Middle Tennessee.

The investigation even netted William Scott Ross, the program director for the Davidson County General Sessions Treatment Court. In addition to a drug conspiracy charge, Ross is also facing an official misconduct charge for allegedly tipping off a co-defendant about the MNPD investigation.

Officers of the Metro Nashville Police Department headed the investigation as part of the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force. Police believe the trafficking conspiracy involved shipping hundreds of pounds of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service to various homes in Middle Tennessee that were listed for sale.

A Davidson County grand jury returned a superseding and encompassing indictment against all of the defendants last week.

Nashville realtor Alexis Mayes, 60, is accused of accepting shipments of the marijuana at homes that were for sale in Tennessee.

Martin Luther King Jr. High School volunteer assistant basketball coach James Roberts, 55, was also arrested in connection with the case, though police do not believe he distributed any drugs at the school.

According to the investigation, Roberts and William Gupton, 28, were the main distributors in the drug operation that spanned from California, Nevada and Arizona in the west to Middle Tennessee. Roberts and Gupton have allegedly distributed an estimated one ton of marijuana to street-level dealers in Nashville since 2008.

According to police, the high-grade marijuana could sell from between $4,000 and $5,000 per pound, compared to regular marijuana that goes for $700-$800 per pound.

In addition to the local defendants, the indictment also names people from Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona who helped coordinate the drug trafficking.

Other persons charged in the case are:

• Tifphany Wilson, 39, Roberts’s girlfriend, of Candlewood Drive.

• Shelly Roberts, 48, Roberts’s wife, of Hawkins Street.

• Vanessa Roberts-Fuqua, 48, Roberts’s sister, of Meharry Boulevard.

• Markia Gupton, 36, Gupton’s wife, of Riverchase Boulevard.

• Matthew Hoffman, 37, Las Vegas, Nev.

• Crystal Zornes, 27, Hoffman’s fiancée, Las Vegas, Nev.

• Enrique Gomez “Pig” Ahumada, 39, of Fillmore Street, Phoenix, Ariz. He is alleged to be an Arizona supplier of marijuana that was shipped to Nashville.

• Anthony Guajardo, 28, of Waterlilly View Street, Henderson, Nev.

• Richard (Rick) Valmonte, 35, of Medinah Street, Fontana, Calif.

• Michael Hummer, 29, of Lyndie Lane, Temecula, Calif.

• David Davis, 30, of Packard Drive.

• Carl Dunn, 40, of Saunders Avenue.

• Mark Gerald, 45, of West Yorkshire Court, Old Hickory.

• Antonio Swinger, 32, of Blackstone Avenue, Madison.

• Mamie Brinkley, 59, of Kirkwood Avenue.

• Mable Anita Sowell, 55, of North Second Street.

• Joseph Travierso, 48, of Green Harbor Court, Old Hickory.

• Rudolph Woodberry, 55, of Chateau Valley Drive.

• Michael Phillips, 54, of Setter Court.

• Jubal Boyce, 34, of Wright Avenue, Alamogordo, N.M.

• Jennifer Boyce, 26, of Wright Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

• James Keith Kephart, 53, of Old Horton Highway, Nolensville.

• Corey Clemons, 36, of Apple Valley Road, Madison.

• John Scott Orr, 52, of Illinois Avenue.

• Donald Halbert Lauderdale, 65, of Sam Davis Boulevard, Smyrna.

19 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 10/30/12 at 6:07

Obviously there are a lot of people in this country who love dope! Probably because dope gives them a fantasy high much like living well does for people who do not need fantasy.

By: global_citizen on 10/30/12 at 6:38

I wonder if Roberts' wife and girlfriend knew about each other before this indictment.

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 7:15

Holy Toledo--what is going on in the Davidson County Court system? Drug dealers, judges who don't show up (Dumas), and cronyism. What a corrupt system.

By: i.am.a.taxpayer on 10/30/12 at 8:00

Throw the book at Ross. It is disgraceful that he abused his position.

By: BigPapa on 10/30/12 at 9:35

All this over freakin' weed. Ridiculous.. legalize it.

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 10:16

Right, BigPapa---everyone get high, stay high. That will solve all of our problems....not.

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 12:07

@G.Scout: Okay, Einstein...then how do you indicate possessive for Jesus? C'mon--I know the answer--do you?

Of course you can use an apostrophe for a name that ends in the letter "s."

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 12:09

Please tell me there is also a Federal investigation. Ross's crimes (note the apostrophe, G.Scout) are reprehensible, and he needs a Federal sentence with no parole.

By: G.Scout on 10/30/12 at 12:17

Look it up if you think you're smarter than I am. Blah ha ha ha ha

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 12:59

@G.Scout: Thanks for confirming what I already knew--you don't have a clue. Here you go, dimwit:

"Rule: To show singular possession for a word ending in an s or s sound, use the apostrophe and another s.

Examples: the class’s opinion (one class), a bass’s stripes, Marx’s theories, Dickens’s novels"

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 1:00

@G.Scout: There's an exception for Jesus. Now it is your turn--go look it up, dbag.

By: nymusdcxv on 10/30/12 at 1:01

I was in scotts program for a long time, am currently on the run with felony warrants, courtesy of scott himself, and was going to turn myself in but after sh*t like this, if you think I'm coming back after something like this, you're very, very wrong.

By: G.Scout on 10/30/12 at 1:54

oh. my.god. I knew I could get you to look it up. You are such a broken down moron with nothing else to do but "SHARE YOUR OPINION" on some stupid, little, local rag like City Paper. Please do tell me about Jesus because I KNOW you're a Xian. People like you always are. In fact, you're a perfect example of one. Hee hee hee...you looked it up!

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 2:23

@G.SCOUT: Did not look it up, have a reference on my desktop. Unlike you, I prefer not appearing stupid to the general public.

Could you not have come up with a more clever response? Gosh--you are cannon fodder, bubba.

By: Ingleweird on 10/30/12 at 3:51

"Drugs that open your eyes...make you realize how you're being fü(kêd every day of your life. Those drugs--are against the law." ~Bill Hicks

I would much rather live in a world in which people exercise free will, than perpetuate a system in which local police make money off drug repo-ed property, and tax dollars are ciphoned off to private prisons, and their shareholders, so yeah, allowing people to get high will indeed solve a great deal of our problems. That is, unless you own stock in CCA...

By: Rasputin72 on 10/30/12 at 4:04

Gscout.......Jughead aced your behind. Ask your boss for a 15.00 raise. Your self-esteem will be uplifted more than giving a grammar lesson on a limited and I mean limited market internet newspaper.

The things people do to uplift themselves from earning less than 60,000 dollars a year is amazing.

By: NewYorker1 on 10/31/12 at 8:12

OH NO!!! Those poor babies. Why are they still fighting the drug war? It's a complete waste of time and tax payer's money. IT'S NEVER GOING TO STOP.

By: TITAN1 on 10/31/12 at 9:07

Getting high is a temporary pleasure for those who have many problems. They are making their problems worse because they do have to come back to reality. Seek God and Jesus for true everlasting happiness.

By: Jughead on 10/31/12 at 9:46

Getting high is the choice of the unproductive. I have never known a pothead who reaches his full potential.

I think that is good reason to restrict its use.