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.