Police seize 102 pounds of pot from car trunk

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 1:02pm
Staff reports

Metro Police officers working to deter auto burglaries in the Lenox Village complex off Nolensville Pike early Wednesday recovered 102 pounds of marijuana from the trunk of a Chevrolet Impala.

The driver of the car, Cesar Vaca-Vargas, 23, also known as Aurelio Aguilar, is charged with possession of marijuana for resale in a drug free school zone (within 1,000 feet of Oliver Middle School and Shane Elementary School), driving without a license and criminal impersonation, police said.

Officers were monitoring the Lenox Village parking areas when they saw the Impala and another vehicle pull into the gazebo area and then leave. Officer Brent Bauer stopped the Impala at Nolensville Pike and Barnes Road because the temporary tag in the back window was positioned in such a way that it was not readily visible, police said.

Vaca-Vargas, who claimed to be Aurelio Aguilar, did not have a driver's license or any other form of identification and was placed under arrest, police said.

Officers said they smelled a marijuana odor and searched the car. Inside the trunk were four shrink-wrapped packages of marijuana. Police said it is not clear where Vaca-Vargas received the marijuana or where he was taking it.

"This is an excellent example of alert officers intercepting a significant marijuana load while working to address an auto burglary issue," Chief Ronal Serpas said. "And as it turns out, it appears this man should not have even been in Nashville to begin with."

A federal immigration hold has been placed against Vaca-Vargas because he is suspected of re-entering the United States illegally from Mexico after having been deported in the past.

5 Comments on this post:

By: pandabear on 8/19/09 at 11:14

Chief Ronal Serpas said. "And as it turns out, it appears this man should not have even been in Nashville to begin with."

Gee Ronal, ya think ?!?

Maybe if the illegal immigrants were forced to leave in the first place,
instead of coddling them, this problem would come up less often.

By: TITAN1 on 8/19/09 at 11:44

Good work, chief! Nashville is very fortunate to have you!

By: worldwidechuck on 8/19/09 at 5:10

If marijuana were legal the supply side jokers currently involved would be out of business and the State would being collecting taxes.

Prohibition did not work in the 20's and it's not worked in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, etc...

Herbert Hoover in accepting the Republican Presidential Nomination in August 11, 1932 discusses the need to end Prohibition. "We must recognize the difficulties which have developed in making the 18th amendment effective and that grave abuses have grown up. In order to secure the enforcement of the amendment under our dual form of government, the constitutional provision called for concurrent action on one hand by the State and local authorities and on the other by the Federal Government. Its enforcement requires, therefore, independent but coincident action of both agencies. An increasing number of States and municipalities are proving themselves unwilling to engage in that enforcement. Due to these forces there is in large sections increasing illegal traffic in liquor. But worse than this there has been in those areas a spread of disrespect not only for this law but for all laws, grave dangers of practical nullification of the Constitution, an increase in subsidized crime and violence. I cannot consent to a continuation of that regime."

By: dogmrb on 8/19/09 at 6:28

WWC: that's an interesting quote. Alcohol makes people more combative and marijuana makes them mellow. Go figure.

While Hoover may have had his head on straight about mind altering drugs and legally taxing them, he certainly didn't have a clue about the condition of the country. Was he on something?

And Tennessee, once again, could be a leading indicator of the future with our ability to grow grass like grass and our most convulated liquor laws.

By: Time for Truth on 8/20/09 at 12:07

pandabear, sounds like the guy has already been kicked out a time or two. I wish there was a way to lock the revolving door.

Pot is certainly not the societal threat that other illegal substances are but supporting legalization is political suicide so we won't see it happen anytime soon.

Hoover essentially said what Roosevelt quickly acted on.