Following a record cocaine seizure, about 200 pounds of marijuana valued at $200,000 were seized and seven suspects arrested on burglary charges last 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, Arnold said.
He said 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.
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 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.