25-year-old Warner Earl Jones was jailed on November 17th when officers spotted him coming out of a store and entering his car with tinted windows on John A Merit Boulevard. Officers watched him until he entered his vehicle and noticed all four tinted windows were too dark to see through. When they began to follow behind him, he sped off and made a U-turn, driving recklessly while other vehicles were on the road. Officers lost the car on the I-65 ramp. About 20 minutes later, officers spotted Jones and his vehicle on Jefferson Street as he entered a different store. Officers entered the parking lot and pulled right in front of the car, nose to nose. As he was exiting the convenience store, officers walked towards him. By the time officers caught up to him, he had already made it back inside his car. Officers commanded him to leave his vehicle, which he refused. They had to command him several times to step out. Once he did, a large amount of smoke exited the car with him. Officers asked if he had any drugs on him. First, he denied it and then admitted to having drugs in his car. Officers found a large amount of twenty dollar bills along with a bag of marijuana, a digital scale, plastic bags, 26.0 grams of cocaine laced with fentanyl, and 24.5 grams of methamphetamine. There was enough probable cause that the defendant was engaged in the sale of narcotics. Jones was charged and taken into custody.
34-year-old Brandon T. Moses was pulled over during a traffic stop while riding a bike around 11 p.m. on South 1st Street with no forward-facing light in the darkness. He admitted to officers that he had a syringe in the backpack he was wearing that he used for “ice,” which is slang for methamphetamine. He consented to a search, and the syringe was located. Moses was issued a citation for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
20-year-old Devin Gardner was found carelessly driving on the road by local law enforcement on October 12. When officers made contact with Gardner, they smelt a strong odor of marijuana. Gardner told them that he had smoked in the vehicle the night prior. This statement was probable cause to search Gardner’s car. Officers found a plastic bag full of marijuana as well as a joint rolling tool, scale, and tray with marijuana residue on it, which Gardner also admitted was his. Gardner was taken into custody and charged with possession of controlled substance.
31-year-old Pennsylvania tourist Roy Hastings was observed in the area of the Walk of Fame Park just outside the Phish concert in downtown Nashville this weekend. Officers described a sea of fifty to one hundred people who were all partaking in inhaling nitrous oxide via inflated balloons. Officers noted some were talkative; some were talking about how high they were; some were quiet, while others vomited.
Hastings was wearing a multi-colored shirt and blue jeans while holding a nitrous oxide tank between his legs as he passed out balloons. He claimed the tank wasn’t his when officers approached him. Police found balloons and determined them to be drug paraphernalia. Hastings was taken into custody and charged with a felony toxic vapors offense.
Police met 18-year-old Zachary Bailey at a Metro Greenway connecting to a Bellevue Park after it was closed on August 2nd. Police observed a bong in Zachary’s front cup holder of his vehicle, cold, unopened beers, and cold liquor bottles. Zachary told police he had been driving and qualified for a citation since he had no outstanding warrants or an unacceptable amount of failure to appear. He was cited for possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age and drug paraphernalia. He was booked on the charges on August 28th.
22-year-old Keontae Burns had a TBI task force, DEA, and MNPD locate drugs and a fully automatic weapon in his home this week. The TBI Middle Tennessee Drug Related Deaths Task Force, DEA Tactical Diversion Squad, and MNPD Neighborhood Safety Unit showed up at an apartment on Old Hickory Blvd with a search warrant on June 14th. The house was Keonte’s, and inside, they found approximately 33.7 grams of fentanyl, 143 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, including digital scales, plastic bags, filters, inositol powder, and blenders. Also, a Glock 22 with a Glock switch making the .40 caliber weapon fully automatic, was found inside.
21-year-old Griffin Rogers, on July 23rd, was jailed after police arrived at a single-car accident on the exit ramp of Old Hickory Blvd. from I-65 and found NFD who stated that Griffin, who was notably visibly under the influence of an intoxicating influence, was the vehicle’s driver. Police searched the vehicle and found what Griffin admitted was marijuana, a pipe, a grinder, and a half-empty bottle of vodka. A field sobriety test was conducted after Griffin said that he was not drunk, yet he showed multiple signs of impairment. Griffin later said he had two beers at dinner that night and blew a 0.141% BAC.
27-year-old Evan Dole faces DUI and drug-related charges after driving erratically near 6th & Broadway in downtown Nashville. Police were called after Dole drove through barricades, narrowly missing a pedestrian just before 10 a.m. Monday. He was sitting on the curb by his vehicle when officers made contact with Dole; he had red, watery eyes and unnatural speech patterns. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and consented to a blood test. An inventory search of the vehicle found 10.3 grams of marijuana bud inside a black ‘Good Day Farm’ bag and 1.5 oz inside liquid marijuana cartridges.
20-year-old Analise Salazar was jailed on April 7th after police found 60 grams of marijuana in her car during a traffic stop. Police pulled Salazar over for turning left at a red light in her Nissan Altima. When they approached her, they could smell an obvious odor of marijuana. The officers explained why she was being stopped and asked if there was any weed in the car which she replied yes. They asked her how much weed was in the car, and she replied, “A lot.” The vehicle search yielded a significant amount of marijuana separated into baggies and containers. Police also found several bongs and pipes with burnt residue, a scale, and a grinder. Salazar was transported to booking.
32-year-old Dawaun Ransom was jailed on March 31st after he was seen making a hand-to-hand drug transaction out of his red dodge challenger around Stewarts Ferry Pike. Ransom made two right turns without signaling, and a traffic stop was made in the Bell Road parking lot. When police asked him if there were any drugs or firearms in the vehicle, he told them that he smoked weed and there were roaches in a cup in the center console area. Ransom was detained, and the vehicle search yielded 30 grams of “purp” (purple fentanyl/ heroin) wrapped in 1 gram aluminum foil packages for resale, 5.6 grams of meth, one scale, and 1 Taurus G3 9mm handgun.