A Georgia man was indicted on a federal cargo theft charge after allegedly stealing a tractor-trailer filled with 3,570 cases of Jack Daniels whiskey that was supposed to be in route to Germany.
The case began when officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department responded to an overturned tractor-trailer on County Hospital Road on Dec. 9, 2010. Witnesses told police the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and tipped over while turning onto Briley Parkway. The driver refused medical assistance and dashed away into the woods, according to witnesses.
The FBI alleges that Tyrone Ross, 37, of Snellville, Ga., stole the truck from Roadlink, a freight company. Roadlink also reported another tractor-trailer with 2,827 cases of Jack Daniels whiskey was stolen around the same time. The Tennessee Highway Patrol located the tractor in Marion County, Tenn., in December 2010, but the trailer full of whiskey hasn’t been located.
The whiskey, which originated at Jack Daniels headquarters in Lynchburg, Tenn., was scheduled to be driven to Charleston, S.C., where it would be loaded on a cargo ship and delivered to Hamburg, Germany, according to an affidavit.
The FBI located Ross by tracking a cell phone that he left in the overturned truck in Nashville. An investigator called Ross’ wife in Georgia, who said he disappeared at the time of the theft and complained of a shoulder injury when he returned.
Ross could face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.