Citizen’s complaint yields seizure of drugs, guns in Sylvan Park

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 6:14pm

A citizen’s complaint led undercover detectives on Tuesday to seize a cache of illegal drugs, guns, vehicles and other items, Metro police said Wednesday.

Following the execution of a search warrant at 4709 Nebraska Ave. in Sylvan Park, 29-year-old Nathan Staab and 25-year-old Paul Ticer face charges of felony drug possession within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of the crooks with guns law.

Both men were held in jail in lieu of a $21,000 bond.

At the residence, detectives allegedly found a loaded 9 mm handgun, a rifle and a shotgun, as well as 3 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, 88 steroid pills, 30 grams of marijuana, a 1998 Jeep Wrangler, a 2003 Buell motorcycle, three computers and a surveillance system with six night-vision cameras.

Police said the residence was within 1,000 feet of Sylvan Park Elementary Paideia Design Center. 

20 Comments on this post:

By: cyndietodd on 9/14/11 at 6:57

What kind of citizen's complaint gets this kind of results? Because I know people who complain about their drug dealer neighbors all the time and nothing gets done.

By: richgoose on 9/14/11 at 10:15

What does the Jeep Wrangler,the motorcycle,three computers and six night vision camera have to do with crime?

By: dargent7 on 9/15/11 at 6:31

Wow! That's where I live.
Never saw these boys out and around town.
Guess they don't go to Star Bagel for morning coffee.

By: dargent7 on 9/15/11 at 6:32

rgoose: all were stolen from businesses.

By: imdyinhere on 9/15/11 at 6:33

30 grams = 1 ounce. 3 grams = 1/10 of 1 ounce. 88 pills? Hardly enough to make a dent in the YMCA.

Unless they have a MAJOR stash somewhere that police didn't find, that's hardly drug-dealing.

If this was by citizen's complaint, it sounds like a personal vendetta.

By: dargent7 on 9/15/11 at 6:58

Ever visited Sylvan Park?
Exceptionally quiet neighborhood.
Everyone walks their dogs at 6:00pm and in bed by 9:00pm.
Except these punks who probably had loud music, different cars at all hours, and parties 5x a week.
My guess is the guns weren't registered to either.
And 3 computers? Night vision cameras? Bet were stolen.
Good bust.

By: serr8d on 9/15/11 at 7:05

Good! More, please!

The night-vision cameras, if they were deployed, indicate a possible drug dealer who is worried about his perimeter. This 'crooks with guns law' is perfect; let's get years of mandatory jail time with no early release or parole for these 'crooks with guns'.

I'm NRA, and I support crooks who use guns illegally rotting in jail for as long as possible.

This includes the crooks who allowed guns to be sold to Mexican cartel dealers; guns that then wound up used in many killings in Mexico and the US; including the killing of US Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry, who was shot last December and killed by a weapon allowed to be sold to Mexican cartels, in the ATF and DOJ's 'Fast and Furious' operation.

Darrell Issa is currently investigating whether or not Operation Fast and Furious goes past DOJ. There are indicators it's reaching up into upper level of the Obama administration; to the White House itself.

Fast and Furious is Obama's Watergate.

By: GoodGrief on 9/15/11 at 7:34

By: richgoose on 9/14/11 at 10:15
What does the Jeep Wrangler,the motorcycle,three computers and six night vision camera have to do with crime?

If you are committing a felony, the house, the cars in the driveway, appliances.. everything can and will be siezed. They are all considered part and parcel to the commission of the crime. Look for them on E-bid.

By: Redbarron06 on 9/15/11 at 7:53

Dargent7,

TN does not require gun registration so that holds no bearing.

By: dargent7 on 9/15/11 at 8:17

You mean any moron with mental disabilities and/ or a prison record and is a convicted felon can own a gun in Tenn.?
Figures.

By: Nitzche on 9/15/11 at 8:21

dargent7,the answer is NO! sorry, your former home state probably has different laws?

By: C.A.Jones on 9/15/11 at 8:27

dargent7: You really need to do your homework before stating your thoughts on this. You're showing the early symptoms of foot in mouth disease.

Glad to hear a simple tip to the police was able to bring this house down! While some may scoff at the low amounts of drug found, you never know what may have been enroute to the house, or what has just left for that matter.

By: nvestnbna on 9/15/11 at 8:31

an ounce of pot, some mushrooms .... felony because they are down the street from a school ... I don't support drug use, but our prisons are full of folks that to my thinking are serving time for some overbearing laws. We have thugs and vagrants roaming our streets downtown every night and these (two) guys are subject to some serious time over an ounce of pot? what a noteworthy achievement.

By: cegrover on 9/15/11 at 10:07

1) A "cache of drugs?" Two of the seized items are natural plants and one is used by athletes, etc. to enhance performance. Yes, those plants have been deemed illegal by our illustrious government (in one case originally as 'race control' and 'Mexico control'), but this isn't exactly a meth lab or cocaine distribution facility!

2) I see assumptions in the comments here that the seized items were stolen. This is completely baseless, as far as any reader can tell. If you have more information, please share. Three computers? Two vehicles? Are these really unusual items for what looks like a household of two?

3) There is no reference here to prior conviction, so "crooks with guns" is based on the alleged crimes listed here and requires a felony. The felony here is based on their possession of something in the privacy of a home, which just happens to be somewhat near a school.

4) What was the warrant based on? Can we just call the cops on any neighbor we don't think fits our target demographic and get a raid ordered? How did these undercover detectives enter the home?

There's certainly a chance the guys were up to more, but I don't see any hint of proof beyond their having some drugs at home and also happening to own guns. If the police had proof they were up to more, wouldn't we see more serious charges being leveled?

There's also a chance that invasive laws that attempt to dictate someone's version of morality other peoples' homes are being used to quiet noisy neighbors or settle some other neighborly score.

I live down the street, myself, and I can see how many will consider this some sort of 'victory' in cleaning up the neighborhood. Maybe it will indeed prove to be so; but each of us should step back and consider what lawful and private behaviors might be twisted against us some day and what the bandwagon here would assume (with so little information).

In other words, be careful next time you throw away a compact fluorescent light bulb and someone sees you!

By: richgoose on 9/15/11 at 10:12

cegrover.........I do not support crime but I have to say that there is a lot of truth to your post!

By: dargent7 on 9/15/11 at 2:01

This was initially a simple, brief report of a situation concerning two young men and illegal, confiscated drugs, weapons, cars, cameras, computers.
Now, everyone is sticking up for these two w/o knowing ANYTHING.
I trust my local Police Dept. and my guess is they had other complaints, a search warrant, probable cause, something to go on.
These two probably didn't have a Title to the car and motorcycle, registration, receipts for any of the items, and a license to own a firearm. At least for the shotgun and rifle.
Whatever. I live on Dakota Ave. in the white section of Sylvan Park. All we have there is barking dogs.

By: cegrover on 9/15/11 at 2:54

"sticking up for these two w/o knowing ANYTHING"

Your "guess"? "These two probably..."? I believe what you're missing is something related to "innocent until proven guilty".

I didn't know my neighborhood had a "white section". Where, exactly, is that?

By: dargent7 on 9/16/11 at 6:20

It was a joke.
But, if you live in Sylvan Park you may notice it is 100.00% white.
There in not one Black, Asian, Latino, Muslim in the neighborhood.
Get out much?

By: Always_On_Point on 9/16/11 at 5:45

With regard to busting up people on a message board/blog about something they did. Sure, they did have plenty of things that they were not allowed to have. But to make assumptions that everything they had was stolen and that they are the worst people to ever live in Nashville is pretty ignorant. They very well may be hardworking citizens like the rest of us.

The reason for the seizure of the cars, computers, etc... is because anytime there is a felony drug charge, the police are at liberty to seize whatever they want. That's the law. I highly doubt that a 98' Jeep Wrangler and an older Buell were stolen and being driven around by these folks. Not exactly the most desirable vehicles to steal. And if there are two of them, maybe more people in the house, there is only one jeep and a motorcycle between the two of them? Did they not seize all the vehicles? Was there a reason to take those two but not the other cars and or computers? Doesnt seem to add up.

I think you need to be more fair when judging people and not jumping on the first piece of information you hear. 30 grams of weed isnt exactly drug dealer inventory. Folks that smoke regularly may purchase an ounce so that they dont need to go buy a dime bag everytime they want to light up. With regard to the mushrooms, I dont know what to say about that. I am not too familiar with laws on them and what is considered "a lot".

The guns- The 9mm handgun is obviously not a toy that everyone should have. We dont know why it was there and if it was registered. It sounds to me like the rifle and the handgun may have been hunting guns which are very common for people to have in this area of the country.

Cameras, Computers etc...- As I said with the vehicles, it is not uncommon for people to have computers. Im pretty we all have atleast one because hey, we are all on this website arent we? So, is it fair to say that the computers were stolen because they had some pot and other things they shouldnt have. Everyone loves to beat on people when they are down, especially when you are behind a computer screen. I think it would be more fair to make comments like these after their trials are completed. And the security cameras. Does everyone that has a security system at their house sell drugs? Pretty ridiculous thing to say. With technology today and the ability to prevent theft from your home, why is it some outlandish that there were cameras set up? Anyone who lives in Sylvan Park knows that there are alleys behind each house and many people park their cars back there. At night, many of those alleys are dimly lit if at all and I would probably have a security system set up to protect my house, cars property as well.

In turn, we can all agree that there was some wrongdoing here, but to label these two as criminals who happen to live by a school and some of your comments are pointing to the fact they have a full armory of guns that they plan to use freely in the area to do what they please and that they are drug dealers because of an ounce of pot. Come on. Lets act like adults.

I am certainly not saying I think that nothing is wrong, but there are a lot worse things in this state than what ocurred here. And a neighborhood complaint? This seems like a pretty specific complaint and a previous post calling it a personal vendetta does not sound far fetched to me.

By: Redbarron06 on 9/19/11 at 7:02

Dargent7,

Read my statement. I said TN does not require registration, I did not say they dont require background checks.

It is better to leave your mouth shut and appear stupid, than to open it and remove all doubt.