A 19-year-old man was recently arrested after alerting police to the fact that his safe containing a large amount of marijuana and drug money had been stolen from his Murfreesboro residence during a home invasion.
The alleged drug dealer was arrested Aug. 1 after detectives located the safe only a few hours after the home invasion, which occurred in the 1300 block of Wenlon Drive, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Detective David Harrison Jr.
It was on this same night, Harrison said, the man allegedly told Officer Carl Wilkins that he was upset because “he sold marijuana” for a living and the “only item taken from the home was a safe.”
Upon finding a safe that matched the description of the missing one, detectives took it to the Murfreesboro Criminal Investigations Division building and waited for the man to come and pick it up. Once there, a K9 officer “alerted to the safe, indicating the odor of narcotics” was coming from the safe.
“(The man) came to the detectives office building, where he identified the safe as his and stated all contents in the safe were his,” Harrison said in the report. “I advised (the man) of the K9 alert and asked for consent to look in the safe and for the combination.
“He agreed and opened the safe, where a half-pound of marijuana was located in glass jars, plastic bags used for redistributing marijuana, a bag with pills and $930 in U.S. currency.”
When confronted with the information, the man reportedly “admitted that was drug money in the safe and he sold marijuana for profit,” at which point he was arrested and charged with felony possession of a Schedule VI substance.
The man has since been released from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $3,000 bond. It remains unclear whether he has decided to get a legal job, at least for now, while he awaits a preliminary hearing in the case.