On Thursday, March 22, 2018, investigators with the DEA received information that two pieces of luggage were coming in on Alaska Airlines Flight #734 from Seattle, WA to BNA. Specifically the individual that checked the luggage dropped the luggage off and then did not board the flight. DEA agents contacted Nashville Airport Police Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division for assistance with investigating and surveillance.
When the luggage arrived to BNA each piece was checked by K9 Boston who gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics within the luggage. During this time MNPD observed an individual, later identified as Mr. Willie James Wilson, enter into the Airport Terminal from the baggage claim level curbside. Mr. Wilson went and stood by baggage belt #7 where the luggage from Flight #734 was going to be placed on. The luggage was then placed on the baggage belt and Mr. Wilson approached the two pieces of luggage that K9 Boston alerted to, checked the luggage tags, and began to exit the Airport Terminal.
DEA & Airport Police Detectives approached Mr. Wilson and advised him that a narcotics trained K9 had alerted on the luggage. Mr. Wilson advised that he was paid $1,500 to retrieve the bags from the Nashville Airport. Mr. Wilson gave written and verbal consent to search the luggage and approximately forty (40) pounds of Marijuana were discovered. The forty (40) vacuum sealed bags of Marijuana were weighed individually and each totaled between 1.1 and 1.2 pounds on a calibrated scale.
Wilson is being held on a $100,000 bond for felony possession with intent, marijuana 4,536-31,696 grams. He will appear in court on 03/26 for a review hearing.
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