Police seized more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana in a bust Monday night, the biggest yield in the city's history. The drugs are valued at around $4 million.
Officers raided a "stash house" at 12872 Old Hickory Blvd., in south Nashville, as the marijuana was being delivered. They discovered 401 10-pound bundles of pot believed to have been grown in Mexico. The stash house is within a mile of Cane Ridge High School.
Nine people were arrested, including 21-year-old Ricardo Arana, whom law enforcement officials believe to be the head of a drug ring that supplies much of Middle Tennessee. Two of Arana's brothers, Raul and Jose, were also arrested, along with Sergio Cardinas, 40; Omar Martinez, 38; Rosalino Marin, 29; Joshua Parker, 24; Stacey Jordan, 39; and Telly Robertson, 34. Bond for all the suspects has been set at $100,000.
The bust is the result of a monthlong joint investigation conducted by Metro Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Police also seized some $400,000 in cash from various locations associated with the stash house. Officials said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.