Convicted Felon Arrested In East Nashville

Posted at 8:48 PM, Jul 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-23 21:48:53-04

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a convicted felon in East Nashville.

Authorities stopped a vehicle on Russell Street near South 9th Street just before midnight Thursday for a traffic violation.

A passenger inside was 31-year-old William Marquez Wright.

Officials said they found him in possession of a pistol and a variety of narcotics.

Authorities stated they could smell marijuana as they approached the vehicle, and Wright was allegedly seen trying to hide a bag of marijuana under the front seat.

He was detained, but authorities said he attempted to struggle and pull away multiple times. That’s when officers felt the gun – a loaded .380 pistol – in Wright’s pocket.

Cocaine, Tramadol (a narcotic painkiller), marijuana, and digital scales were also recovered.

After refusing to identify himself, Wright’s name was confirmed through fingerprints during the booking process.

He was being held in lieu of a $105,000 bond. Wright was charged with drug possession for resale, violating the crooks with guns law, gun possession by a convicted felon, and resisting arrest.

Authorities confirmed he had previous felony convictions for possessing marijuana for resale, burglary, and robbery.