A Davidson County grand jury handed down an indictment last Friday against 22 individuals accused of operating a widespread drug ring.
Seventeen of the 22 suspects are charged with possessing more than 300 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the retail price of one gram of pure meth can cost more than $300.
Most of the transactions took place in the latter half of 2011 and allegedly involved Christopher Darnell, 34, who police believe transported the drugs from Atlanta back to Nashville. Darnell supplied meth to Ronald Garrett, Wayne Earle, Mark McLaughlin, David Lee Pardue, Geoff Pineda, Nicole Reall, Marlo Ross, Ashley Thompson, Christopher Thompson, Meghan Wemple and Billy Baker.
According to the indictment, those suspects subsequently redistributed the drugs. Darnell also allegedly supplied more than 10 pounds of marijuana to other individuals.
The DEA collaborated with the Metro Nashville Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in Rutherford County to bust the conspiracy, a collaboration they called “Operation Icy Conditions,” according to a police affidavit.
Darnell, Ashley Thompson and Pineda were all arrested on Dec. 9, 2011, and have been in jail since. None of the other suspects on the indictment are in Davidson County jail, according to Davidson County Sheriff's Office records.