Eleven people were arrested and charged in a high-grade marijuana raw and distribution network operated locally by Cuban nationals.
The drug bust was the result of a two-year investigation by the Metro Nashville Police Department, TBI, DEA, U.S. Homeland Security and the Nashville District Attorney’s Office.
On Wednesday, indoor marijuana grows were located and removed from rural Macon, Lewis, and DeKalb Counties.
Law enforcement also served more than a dozen search warrants in Nashville and Putnam, Cannon, Bedford, Macon, Sumner, Lewis and DeKalb Counties.
The 11 people arrested were charged with engaging in a large scale marijuana distribution conspiracy. They were identified as:
- Pedro Martin, 28, arrested at 254 Bohanan Lane, Lafayette, Tennessee
- Luis Rego Jr., 32, arrested at 950 Longview Road, Shelbyville, Tennessee
- Hector Ruiz, 28, arrested at 413 Barkley Court, Nashville
- Luis Lopez, 25, arrested at 413 Barkley Court, Nashville
- Luis Rego Sr., 54, arrested at 108 Sanitarium Road, Nashville
- Carlos Landerio, 25, arrested at 100 Star Boulevard, Nashville
- Holly Furlough, 23, arrested at 119 Cude Lane, Nashville
- Humberto Perez, 28, arrested at 3120 Firelight Trail, Nashville
- Nelson Perez, 43, arrested at 3120 Firelight Trail, Nashville
- Israel Martinez, 58, arrested at 6380 Sulfer Ridge, Baxter, Tennessee
- Alexis Ravelo, 51, arrested at 602 Larkin Springs Road, Nashville
Police said the operation was led by Pedro Martin and Luis Rego Jr. in which co-conspirators would set up marijuana grows in rural Middle Tennessee then distribute it in Nashville and surrounding areas.
Investigators believed some of the proceeds were then sent to Miami associates of the defendants.
A total of 15 pounds of processed marijuana, 3.2 pounds of marijuana budder, five guns, $84,789 cash, two vehicles, and electronics were seized from a Barkly Court home in Nashville.