Police: Man busted at BNA after hiding 84 pounds of pot in Christmas wrapping paper

Posted at 6:25 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 14:20:01-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police say they arrested a man at Nashville International Airport after he arrived with more than 50 pounds of marijuana -- that had been wrapped up like Christmas presents.

According to an affidavit from Metro Nashville police, those bags belonged to 57-year-old Somphone Temmeraj. He flew to Nashville from Seattle.

Around 7 p.m. Monday, both a K9 and officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from three bags and saw a man come to pick them up.

Inside the bags, officers found what looked like Christmas presents inside, but they weren't -- it was all packaged marijuana. In all, there were 75 packages in the three suitcases weighing 84 pounds.

Police say Temmeraj also had $2,600 in cash on him. He's booked into jail now on a $10,000 bond.