Nine agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today executed a search warrant on the headquarters of the Nashville Teamsters offices, and TBI officials said their investigation into burglary charges against a former Metro Police officer and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) official has expanded into a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy probe.
Targets of the probe include local members of the Teamsters, as well as members of the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Davidson and Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices.
On Sunday, July 16, former Metro Police Lt. and Teamsters organizer Calvin Hullett was arrested by Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputies after he was caught installing hidden cameras on the grounds of the FOP youth camp in Mt. Juliet.
Hullett, a former FOP president, was charged with aggravated burglary and was booked into the Wilson County jail before he posted bond.
But TBI officials on Tuesday said that during their subsequent search of Hullett’s home they discovered the names of around a dozen additional law enforcement figures who were either complicit or directly involved in Hullett’s surveillance operation, which officials now believe was designed to spy on FOP officials serving as camp counselors.
“During the execution of that search warrant and the search of [Hullett’s] home, we retrieved some paper documents leading us to believe that we needed to get into the Teamster’s Local 327 [office] and search it as well,” TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Tuesday. “We also received names of some people who may have helped Mr. Hullett place those cameras on the grounds.”
State agents last night received a signed search warrant for the Teamsters Antioch Pike headquarters, and began their search at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, Helm said. Nine agents approximately five hours searching the building, and confiscated a computer and a box of paper documents, said Helm.
Agents also attempted to interview those six or so suspects, Helm said. Most of those persons refused to answer questions and asked for legal representation, she said.
“At the same time that we executed the search warrant this morning, we also were trying to interview about a half-dozen people who either had knowledge or were there that evening that Mr. Hullet placed the cameras,” Helm said.
Helm would not say who the targets were, but she did say that TBI agents will be looking to make subsequent arrests.
“We are trying to question an official with the Teamsters here locally. We are also talking to some people at Metro Nashville Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s [Office] and Shelby County Sheriff’s [Office],” she said.