Sheriff’s Office seizes 200 lbs. of marijuana

MURFREESBORO — About 200 pounds of marijuana valued at $200,000 were seized and seven suspects arrested on burglary charges this week by Rutherford County sheriff’s investigators, said Sheriff Robert Arnold. The seizure of the marijuana and the burglary arrests reflect a new approach taken by the investigative units, Sheriff Arnold said in a news release. General detectives used crime mapping and a team approach to pinpoint criminal activities for investigators and patrol officers, which led to the burglary arrests. Narcotics detectives reaped the rewards of long-term investigations with the confiscation of the marijuana. Also, the narcotics and family crimes detectives worked together to prevent illegal drugs from being taken into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. In the marijuana case, Detective Tony Hall of the Special Enforcement Bureau launched an investigation a week ago that led to six pounds of higher quality marijuana confiscated from two houses in Rutherford County. The marijuana was valued at $21,000. The case led narcotics detectives to Nashville where they executed a search warrant, resulting in the seizure of 200 pounds of marijuana. Charges are pending on five suspects. “A large portion of the 200 pounds was destined for Rutherford County,” Hall said in the news release. In an unrelated case, narcotics Detective Will Holton and family crimes Detective Steve Craig investigated in February a complaint about a possible methamphetamine lab with a child present on Bradyville Pike. Holton charged suspect Charles Nicholas May with initiation of methamphetamine while Craig charged him with child abuse. He remains in custody at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. Since then, an investigation by the detectives showed he and his aunt, Cynthia Raynor, planned together for Raynor to deliver powerful pain-killing drugs to him when he went to court this week, Holton said. Craig and SEB detectives observed Raynor waiting for May to arrive at the Judicial Building for court. When she walked outside, SEB detectives and Craig located the drugs concealed in her purse. Holton charged May, 23, and Raynor, 37, both of Bradyville Pike, with felony conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.

SEB Capt. Jason Mathis said narcotics detectives worked with general investigators and the detention staff on this case and a second case with suspects trying to bring drugs to the jail. Detective Lt. Egon Grissom said narcotics detectives constantly investigate illegal drug cases. “For the amount of people working in narcotics, they are hard-working and dedicated,” Grissom said in the news release. “We do our best to curb the flow of narcotics into the county.” Also, Detective Lt. Todd Sparks said patrol deputies, a K-9 and general detectives helped solve several home burglaries and make multiple arrests pertaining to residential burglaries, thefts and forgery. Detective Jerremy Weaver conducted a burglary and theft investigation at Dilton Mankin Road. Suspects Timothy Shawn Parker, 35, and Lori Parker, 34, of Ghee Road, were charged with aggravated burglary, felony theft and forgery and several stolen items were recovered, including tools, household items and stolen checks. In a separate unrelated case, Detective Steve Brown conducted a burglary and theft investigation at East Calgary Road and Lindsey Lane. Patrol Deputy Michael Romans and K-9 partner, Ethel, tracked the suspects and recovered property stolen in the burglary. Other patrol deputies and supervisors obtained descriptions of the suspects and witness statements. Cpl. Brian Wright located a suspect and helped recover property, including narcotics and firearms. The investigation led to the arrest of three juveniles ages 16-17, who were charged with aggravated burglary, felony theft and drug offenses. Property recovered in those cases included handguns, long guns, a safe and cash. A third unrelated investigation by Detectives Jim Tramel and Ralph Mayercik involved several residential burglaries and thefts in the Christiana area. Two juveniles, ages 16-17, were charged with aggravated burglary and felony theft related to a burglary at Christiana Road. “These juveniles are believed to have been involved in several other burglaries in the area and additional charges are pending,” Sparks said in the news release. Items recovered included televisions, game systems and DVDs. Detectives from the Murfreesboro Police Department also assisted in this investigation.

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