4-month drug investigation leads to 3 arrests; seizure of drugs, money

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A four-month investigation by Metro police led to a huge drug bust Thursday.  

Police said a four-month drug investigation led to search warrants being carried out at three Nashville homes.  

Agents said five pounds of heroin were seized from a home in the 1000 block of Pleasant View Drive. According to a release, detectives also found a press for bricking kilograms of heroin, cutting agents, face masks, latex gloves, and plastic baggies.  

Convicted drug felon 40-year-old Jerome L. Wilkerson was arrested for felony possession of heroin for resale.  Police said Wilkerson was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2002 and received a 10-year sentence.  

Police said they also arrested convicted felons and brothers, 31-year-old Lafonte Gregory and 33-year-old Belafonte Gregory after executing search warrants at their homes.  

According to police, Lafonte Gregory was arrested after police raided his home in the 200 block of Larkin Springs Drive. Detectives said they found baggies with heroin in them, cocaine, marijuana, and a .45 caliber pistol. Gregory has a previous felony drug charge from 2010.  

Belafonte Gregory was also arrested when police found drugs in his Daniel Ray Drive home. Detectives said they found heroin, drug paraphernalia, and $4,025 in cash. He also has a previous felony drug from 2007.  

Drug detectives said the brothers also sold drugs from their barbershop, Chop it up, on South Gallatin Pike.  

Wilkerson’s bail was set at $80,000. Lafonte Gregory is facing heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and gun charges. He is in jail on $75,500 bond. Belafonte Gregory was charged with heroin and drug paraphernalia charges. He posted a $45,000 bond. 

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