A Nashville man was indicted for his alleged role in a drug distribution conspiracy.
Reports stated 46-year-old Walter Jones was indicted in the conspiracy, including the possession and intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.
Jones was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
“The quantity of fentanyl seized, 40 grams or more, as alleged in the indictment, is significant enough to have posed a grave danger to the community,” said U.S. Attorney Cochran. “In the midst of our nation’s opioid epidemic, had law enforcement not seized these illicit drugs, we could have been dealing with numerous overdoses and deaths. I commend the Metro Nashville Police Department and our federal law enforcement partners for their outstanding work in this investigation and preventing these drugs from making it to the streets of middle Tennessee.”
The indictment stemmed from an incident on February 21 as detectives were conducting a drug investigation. They stopped the car Jones was driving.
When they approached the car, they smelled marijuana and saw a juvenile passenger attempting to conceal a pistol in his waistband.
A search warrant was obtained for a storage unit in Antioch were detectives found drug processing materials, two loaded handguns, additional ammunition, approximately ten kilograms of cocaine, and three kilograms of heroin, among other items.
Jones could face mandatory minimum sentences of ten years to life in prison if convicted.