3 Arrested, $76K Seized In Marijuana Bust

Posted at 11:08 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 00:08:31-04

Metro Nashville Police officers seized $76,000 in cash and 23 pounds of high grade marijuana in the arrest of three alleged drug dealers.

Investigators arrested 24-year-old Terry Kenneth Pegram Jr., 50-year-old Phillip Dale Tidwell and 24-year-old Evan Newbaker.

Undercover detectives watched as Pegram met with Tidwell and Newbaker in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant on Percy Priest Drive in Hermitage. 

After her left the parking lot, Tidwell’s pickup truck was stopped for running a stop sign at the intersection of Blackwood Drive and Fitzpatrick Road. Officers search the truck, based on a police dog’s indication of drug odor, and found a vacuum sealed bag containing a small amount of marijuana and more than $70,000 cash in a plastic grocery bag concealed in the backpack that Pegram had given them.

Police believed the three men worked together in the marijuana trade out of a home along Aladin Drive in South Nashville.

Pegram Jr. was charged with possession of marijuana for resale and a crooks with guns violation for having a rifle and pistols inside the residence. Tidwell and Newbaker were charged with possessing marijuana for resale.

          Undercover detectives had Pegram under surveillance Wednesday as part of their continuing investigation.  They watched as Pegram met with Tidwell and Newbaker in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant on Percy Priest Drive in Hermitage.  Pegram retrieved a backpack from his pickup truck and brought it to Tidwell’s pickup truck, in which Newbaker was sitting.  After several minutes of conversation, Pegram left Tidwell and Newbaker.

Pegram’s bond was set at $55,000. Bond for Tidwell and Newbaker was set at $30,000 each.