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.
Breaking overnight: Detectives bust a man for sneaking 84 lbs of marijuana packaged in #xmas wrapping paper into @Fly_Nashville. More details on @NC5 this morning. #Nashville #BNA pic.twitter.com/raLnOsy9SL— Mo Haider (@mhaider_NC5) December 17, 2019
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.