Drug bust keeps 1 mill. doses of Fentanyl off streets

Posted at 6:10 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 20:00:22-04

Metro Nashville Police officials determined that a bust made at the Nashville airport in January kept about one million lethal doses of Fentanyl off the streets.

Nearly five pounds of Fentanyl was confiscated from a suitcase. It was was initially believed to have been cocaine. 

It happened in January. DEA agents in Phoenix alerted Metro Police officers that luggage checked by airline passenger, 22-year-old Reem Ibrahim, was found by the TSA to contain a large bundle that appeared to be marijuana along with 2 kilogram-sized packages wrapped in plastic.  

When Ibrahim arrived in Nashville and claimed two checked suitcases, she was stopped by law enforcement and allowed a search of her baggage.  

One suitcase contained approximately 25 pounds of marijuana and the 2 kilogram-sized packages, which initially field tested positive for cocaine.  The other suitcase contained an additional 25 pounds of marijuana.

Ibrahim claimed that she had been promised $1,000 to deliver the luggage to Nashville. She said that she did not know illegal substances were inside. Ibrahim was arrested on charges of possessing cocaine and marijuana for resale. The cocaine charge will now be amended to reflect that fentanyl was the actual substance being transported here.