Drug bust yields 200 lbs. marijuana, $1.3M in cash - WKRN News 2

Drug bust yields 200 lbs. marijuana, $1.3M in cash

Posted: Updated: April 25, 2012 12:26 PM CDT
Agents raided Christopher Tuttle's home on Remuda Circle in Smyrna on Tuesday. Agents raided Christopher Tuttle's home on Remuda Circle in Smyrna on Tuesday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A three-week investigation into the trafficking of large amounts of marijuana into Tennessee and Alabama culminated this week with the seizure of 200 pounds of pot, $1.3 million in cash and nearly two dozen firearms.

A total of eight people have been arrested.

Metro police said law enforcement learned a large shipment of marijuana was on its way from Alabama to Nashville on Monday.

From the air, drug agents followed two vehicles into Nashville where Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers stopped one of the vehicles.

Recovered from the vehicle was 120 pounds of marijuana.

The driver and two passengers, Ronald Hall, 46, of Madison, James Jones, 36, of Goodlettsville, and Scotty Jones, 28, of Old Hickory, were arrested and charged with engaging in a marijuana conspiracy.

As a result of information learned following the traffic stop, agents conducted search warrants at two Mid-State homes.

In Maury County, agents seized eight pounds of marijuana, 21 guns and $1.2 million in cash from property located at 4571 Duggar Road Culleoka.

The homeowner, Jerry Tuttle, 63, and his wife, Tammy Ann Tuttle, 44, were arrested and charged with engaging in a marijuana conspiracy and felony drug counts.

Jerry Tuttle's son, 38-year-old Christopher Tuttle, was also arrested after agents recovered 80 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun and $125,000 in cash from his home located at 1126 Remuda Circle in Smyrna.

A second person in the Smyrna home, Shawn Evans, 36, was also arrested.  Both are charged with felony marijuana possession.

Nathan Phillips, 32, is additionally charged with engaging in a marijuana conspiracy in the case after a small amount of marijuana and $12,000 in cash was recovered from his Nashville apartment on Tuesday.

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