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Major Cocaine Bust Linked To Crash Involving MTA Special Needs Van

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20 kilogram bricks were seized at a storage facility on Brick Church Pike. 20 kilogram bricks were seized at a storage facility on Brick Church Pike.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metropolitan Nashville Police said Thursday afternoon's crash involving a MTA van and two others cars is linked to a major cocaine investigation in which $700,000 of cocaine was seized.

Officers took down the shipment of 20 kilogram bricks, which weighed 44 pounds, as it arrived at a storage facility on Brick Church Pike. 

The drugs were driven from Mexico to Nashville in a U-Haul trailer and concealed inside a red compressor tank. A large amount of cash was also seized.

Five people are now in custody as part of the drug trafficking ring. One of the men charged is Ivan Crump.

Police said Crump was conducting counter surveillance for the shipment and ran when detectives moved in to seize the drugs.

Crump was driving a rented Hyundai sedan when officers tried to stop him. Crump sped up to get away causing the officers to back off.  His speed caused him to wreck while making a right turn from Brick Church Pike onto Ewing Drive.

Police said he took the turn too wide, and collided with the MTA special needs van. The van then collided with another car. 

A total of seven people were injured in the crash, including four people on the special needs van as well as the driver and two children inside the car.

Everyone was taken to area hospitals with non-critical injures. They have been treated and released.

Following the crash, Crump tried to runaway but was taken into custody quickly.          

A police officer slightly injured in a minor auto collision at the storage facility was also treated at an area hospital and released.

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