Police arrest 19 in Middle Tennessee drug ring

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 11:28am

Authorities have arrested 19 of 20 people charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to sell cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in Middle Tennessee.

Law enforcement officers began arresting those charged in the criminal complaint unsealed last Thursday. Using search warrants, authorities said Tuesday they'd seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana, more than $60,000 in cash, 23 firearms and a bullet-resistant vest, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

According to the complaint, investigators used intercepted phone conversations to follow drug transactions allegedly made by the group in Middle Tennessee and northern Alabama. 

Most of the 19 defendants arrested so far are from Pulaski, Nashville, Antioch, Prospect and Dickson. Those in the Metro area include: Kejuana Latrese McCutcheon, 34, of Nashville; William Warren Head II, 30, Nashville; Clanisha Leshon Allen, 26, of Antioch; Spencer Randolph, 55, of Nashville; Gara Carlnesa Harris-Joslin, 29, of Antioch; Brandon Paul Hooper, 29, of Nashville; and Eddie Dewayne Dixon, 31, of Dickson.

Todd Arkalus Bryant, 37, of Smyrna remains at large. All are charged with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy from 2009 to last week. Each defendant faces life in prison and a $4 million fine if convicted. 

The 15-month-long investigation was conducted jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The Tennessee Highway Patrol as well as police in Metro, Pulaski, Columbia, Giles County and Maury County also assisted. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 3/22/11 at 9:53

Great work!!

By: trtay2004 on 3/22/11 at 10:30

YAY!!! Congrats to getting these people off the street.

By: AmyLiorate on 3/23/11 at 12:16

Wow, that is 15 months worth of time and effort the cops could have been using to find someone who murdered, raped or robbed.

How many people witnessed violent crimes while police were following 19 pot heads around? Finding home burglars doesn't net money like finding drug dealers does. So while police are out trying to boost their budget - your home is being plundered.

More on why the drug war is a lose-lose situation:

By: rbull on 3/23/11 at 12:21

All of these no good "thugs" should be taken off the streets and put away for life. They will never be worth a damn and will not work and just try to make the quick buck without working. Once a drug dealer always a drug dealer. Hopefully we can find out their source and get them also. In the meantime put their ass in jail and off the streets and put their bond so high they could never afford to post bond.

By: matahari on 3/23/11 at 2:16

@AmyLiorate are you serious? how many rapes, murders and robberies do you think will be prevented by these "pot heads" being in prison? these are not merely "pot heads". they are violent criminals. "pot heads" sit around getting high and watching tv. they don't have the need for guns, cocaine, crack or bullet-proof vests. the criminals in this roundup are the ones that sell the crack to the fools who are plundering your home. idiot.

By: TITAN1 on 3/23/11 at 2:16

Amy, I'm beginning to think you love drugs. Idiots on drugs usually end up committing dangerous crimes. This is one way of getting them BEFORE they kill someone. Your way, doesn't do anything until AFTER they kill someone.

By: matahari on 3/23/11 at 2:16

sorry for the name calling, but get real.