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Brentwood Drug Bust Second Biggest in Area History

The US Attorney's office found $1.5 million worth of cocaine in Brentwood, making it the second largest drug bust in Middle Tennessee history.

Monday night, nine people were in jail.

Federal official said the drugs were being brought to Nashville from Mexico. The cocaine equaled 55 kilos worth close to $1.5 million on the streets. 

The US Attorney's office said the Pineda Drug Ring was bringing cocaine from Mexico be sold in the Nashville area. 

"This group was a, if not the, certainly a main source of supply for cocaine in Middle Tennessee," Nashville Drug Enforcement Agent Harry Sommers said.

After a lengthy investigation by several local and federal agencies, agents raided a Brentwood home on Thursday. They arrested nine people believed to be the heads and mid-managers of the operation.

"The goal of the investigation was to dismantle and destroy what was a virtual pipeline of cocaine that has been coming into the communities of this district from Mexico through this organization," US Attorney Craig Morford said.

Investigators said suspects hid drugs and more than $1 million in cash in several places including secret compartments of cars and a tractor trailer. Agents said they also seized five guns from the home.

Most people who live in this neighborhood had no idea this was going on.

They're thankful officials were able to stop the drugs from making it to the streets.

It affects all of us, whether it's passing through or actually staying here," Mike Walker with THP said.

Investigators said in addition to what they found at the Brentwood home, they also located stash houses around the mid-state.

All nine suspects are facing federal drug conspiracy charges.

Investigators said four of them are US citizens, but five are in the country illegally.

Investigators said the Pineda drug trafficking organization was originally based in Dalton, Georgia, but recently expanded to Middle Tennessee.

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