Record pot bust in Nashville

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:05pm
Staff reports
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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. 

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17 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 2/10/10 at 5:51

How does a 21 year old amass 2 tons of ganja and have access to $400,000.?
Myself, at 21, had $2.35 in the bank.

By: wataboutbob on 2/10/10 at 8:21

Most of these have Spanish sounding names; any illegals? With all this money and access to $4,000,000 worth of product, the set bail at only $100K each?!?
Probably pocket change to these guys.
We won't be seeing them again!

By: girliegirl on 2/10/10 at 8:23

Read the last sentence: "the result of a monthlong JOINT investigation" Bwahahaha

By: girliegirl on 2/10/10 at 9:00

Sorry, s/h/b next to last paragraph... too busy laughing ....oops

By: Alphadog7 on 2/10/10 at 9:28

Seriously? $100,000?!? I think $1,000,000 would be too low. This is the leader of a drug ring! He will probably melt into Mexico if he is released. What is up with these judges?

By: sidneyames on 2/10/10 at 9:57

On the news the reporter said the home was in Cane Ridge. So exactly where was it? South Nashville, Cane Ridge or Antioch?

By: girliegirl on 2/10/10 at 10:00

THE Cane Ridge...send me a FB email and I'll give you the exact location. RD set up that development.

By: bfra on 2/10/10 at 10:11

The property is listed as Antioch and shows Donna Wilson as the owner.

By: fishfry on 2/10/10 at 10:17

The bail is set too low! These men will just get drug money to pay for their release, go back to Mexico (under the cover that illegals use) and be back again in another town with more of the same! When are we going to do something about all the illegals around here? They are hurting our economy and worst of all, our children are targets for their illegal drugs. Not to mention how many of our kids will die because they get involved with these thugs! Send them to Siberia on a one way ticket! We are getting real tired of this kind of crap. Thank you Chief Serpas for getting this group stopped for now.

By: girliegirl on 2/10/10 at 10:21

Probably a rental unit or foreclosure piece. :-(

By: fightcrib on 2/10/10 at 12:08

This bust is a huge blow to University of Tennessee athletes who were probably counting on scoring a significant portion of this marijuana stash. This bust probably brought a tear to Brian Williams' eye. Lord, have mercy.

Fightcrib, BNA

By: dangerlover on 2/10/10 at 12:12

I agree, fightcrib. The University of Tennessee basketball team will now need to get their pot from Canadian thugs, not Mexican. This no doubt contributed to their poor performance vs Vanderbilt. They were clearly more concerned with where they will get their next backpack full of weed.

By: fightcrib on 2/10/10 at 12:17

Police became suspicious when they saw a large truck with a Oakland Raiders bumpersticker. That was probable cause right there.

Fightcrib, BNA

By: dangerlover on 2/10/10 at 12:22

Am I the only worried that if Serpas was so concerned about this pot, he might have let some speeders get away with going 60 in a 55?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/10/10 at 12:22

lol, fightcrib.

fishfry, it has to do with sentencing guidelines. they need to be updated!

By: idgaf on 2/10/10 at 1:36

Doing the job that Americans don't want to do. lol

By: sidneyames on 2/10/10 at 2:05

By: girliegirl on 2/10/10 at 10:00
THE Cane Ridge...send me a FB email and I'll give you the exact location. RD set up that development.

Well, if it's THE Cane Ridge, they adamently wanted their OWN identity because the 37013 Antioch was so, so, bad of an image.

NOW, CANE RIDGE, are you going to change your name again? Or how about solving the real problem? Not your zip code, but crime.

I don't want to say "I told you so", but honestly all that hoy-te-toy holier than thou when you all in Cane Ridge wanted a name change to "disassociate yourselves with crime" didn't pay off, did it?