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Metro Police Recover $30,000 and Synthetic Marijuana in Drug Bust

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's not uncommon for Metro Police to bust markets for carrying synthetic marijuana, often labeled as incense or potpourri. Over the summer, law enforcement had this message as they were conducting a series of raids to enforce a new law that made selling the drugs illegal.

"The message ought to be loud and clear. If you're engaged in this kind of behavior, if you're selling or distributing synthetic drugs in violation of federal law, we'll come after you and prosecute you fully,"

On Friday evening in a quiet East Nashville community, neighbors' suspicions were confirmed.

"I knew it was something going on. I kind of suspected it was drug dealing of some sort," Rick Davis said.

According to an affidavit, police seized 343 grams of synthetic marijuana and other drug paraphernalia from a house on Delmas Avenue. Officers also found more than $30,000 in cash and guns including an AR 15.

"I've been noticing (activity) for the past few months," Davis said. "…cars coming and going, and packages being picked up and delivered."

Police arrested 42-year-old Tracey Middleton and 23-year-old Salvatore Randazzo. They were the target of an undercover operation where they allegedly sold officers 30 grams of synthetic marijuana. A search of their car uncovered 160 grams of synthetic marijuana and $1503. After the arrest, they consented to a search of their home.

The arrest came as good news to some in the community, who say they want the illegal activity out of their neighborhood.

"I think it's something that needs to be addressed and taken care of," Davis said. "We don't tolerate it. We don't want it here."

Middleton and Randazzo have been charged with multiple felony counts of possession of drugs with the intent to sell.


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