Grand jury indicts 25 in alleged North Nashville cocaine distribution ring

Monday, June 18, 2012 at 12:59pm

When Justin Jones was jailed in February on drug charges and a conspiracy to commit murder charge, the full extent of his alleged North Nashville cocaine operation was unknown.

But on June 8, a new 25-person, 52-charge indictment was filed — and it sheds light on the scope of allegations against what police believe is Jones’ West Trinity Lane-based drug ring.

Following a police investigation, a Davidson County grand jury indicted 25 individuals on more than 50 counts of distributing and possessing cocaine, money laundering and possessing a firearm. Most of the alleged offenses centered around homes located off West Trinity Lane and Youngs Lane in North Nashville.

Jones, who was jailed in February, faces 40 counts in the indictment.

All of the defendants are accused of at least one count of conspiracy to sell more than 300 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a drug free zone. The indictment alleges that Jones distributed cocaine in at least three locations from November 2009 to February 2012.

The indictment doesn’t mention the exact amount of cocaine distributed but notes that kilograms of the banned substance were involved in multiple deliveries.

Jones also allegedly owned a Brick Church Pike-area restaurant called Momma Charlotte’s and attempted to conceal his role in the restaurant’s operation.

The indictment also claims that the defendants used drug money to purchase a house at 915 West Trinity Lane, where many of the drug deals took place.

Others charged include: Jason Jones, Everado Cruz-Gante, Antolin Aranda-Sandoval, Guadalupe Garcia-Perez, Luis Alvarez-Morales, Timothy Frazier, Richard Maclin, John Harrell, Darrell Lockridge, George King, Kristofher Stone, Tammy Vaughn, Matthew Malone, Edward Jones, Donald Coffey, Kalum Alexander, Martel Lang, Anthony King, Sherron Heyward, Danny Heyward, Leland Nuby, Ricardo Wiggins, Vickie Jones and Nicole Evans.

The Metro Nashville Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force completed the investigation, which led to the indictment. 

2 Comments on this post:

By: treehugger7 on 6/19/12 at 6:33

I would think everywhere should be a drug-free zone...am I missing something?

By: wataboutbob on 6/19/12 at 1:33

Right tree . . . I was thinking the same thing. It sounds like drug sales are okay outside the 'zone'.