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Police Say Tip About Package Leads To Drug Arrests

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Stephen Ray Jones Stephen Ray Jones

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A tip led police to arrest two men after a large package of marijuana was delivered to their home.

Police had received a tip Wednesday that a FedEx package containing 12 pounds of marijuana was en route to California to a home on Thuss Avenue in South Nashville. A specially trained drug dog sniffed the box, and indicated it contained drugs.

Once the package was delivered, detectives executed a search warrant. Police said 30-year-old John Paul Barker had accepted the delivery of the package, and admitted to them that there was marijuana in the house. He also told police that he had seen his roommate, 61-year-old Stephen Ray Jones, with large bags of marijuana.

Jones arrived home while police were still on the scene, and admitted that he had been expecting a package containing marijuana that he claimed to have grown when he lived in California. He told detectives the package was the second he had received.

Jones also told police he rarely smoked marijuana himself and that he was a seller.

Police seized 12.5 pounds of marijuana, an assault type rifle, two computers, and two guitars.

Both Barker and Jones were charged with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Barker was freed after posting a $12,500 bond. Jones was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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