Local Nightclub Owner Arrested In Drug Conspiracy Bust
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police have stopped a large scale drug supply ring in its tracks.
Since December 1, police have arrested 13 people in connection with a large conspiracy to distribute cocaine from Mexico to middle Tennessee. One person arrested was local night club owner Emmett L. Harvell. The 39-year-old, who owns Rozay on E. Thompson Lane, was alleged to have arranged for the delivery of the cocaine into Nashville.
Charles Ward, III, 32, also allegedly arranged for the delivery of the cocaine into Nashville. The investigation revealed that Harvell and Ward operated independently of each other, but used the same out of state supplier.
An associate of Ward, 29-year-old Robert Ezell, 29, is accused of acting on Ward's behalf to coordinate the arrival of 13 pounds of cocaine. It was brought to a Bellevue apartment complex, where Ward lives, in a Chevrolet Tahoe by Juan Antonio Perez-Baez, 35, of Los Angeles, and Cesar Parra-Baez, 37, of Rosarito, Mexico.
Officers intercepted the cocaine at the apartment complex and began making a series of arrests.
The investigation involved the execution of 27 search warrants over the past week at the defendants' homes and other locations. As part of the investigation, police have seized a total of 34 pounds of cocaine, 17 vehicles, 16 weapons, two bullet resistant vests and $352,000 cash.