NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — After an apparent drug overdose, Metro Police said a drug operation at a Priest Lake area motel has come to an end.
Police responded to the Motel 6 along Stewarts Ferry Pike on Wednesday, Feb. 22 to assist the Warren County, Kentucky Drug Task Force with an overdose death operation.
Hannah Forkum, 21, has been charged with multiple felony drug offenses.
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Metro Police said with the help of the Bowling Green and Warren County, Kentucky Drug Task Force, they were tipped off by an confidential informant about Forkum allegedly selling drugs.
Forkum directed an informant to come to the motel after the informant placed an order for a half of gram of heroin, according to Metro Police.
The informant reportedly told Forkum they were in the parking lot of the Motel 6 and that’s when Forkum was identified by detectives and taken into custody for outstanding warrants.
According to an arrest warrant, officers found 25.5 grams of white powder believed to be fentanyl, 27 grams of meth, and 6.9 grams of what’s believed to be heroin on Forkum at the time of her arrest.
Metro Police said they also found a semi-automatic handgun in her hotel room.
Forkum told police she had been staying at the Motel 6 for “a couple of days,” according to the arrest report. Three men in the hotel room had outstanding warrants: Edwin Mendoza, 24, for failure to appear in court in Nashville; Richard Martinez, 39, wanted on four counts of failure to appear in court in Dickson County; and Taylor Johnson, 29, wanted for felony probation violations in Nashville, Metro Police said.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office identified the overdose victim as Baylee McClanahan, 21, of Lebanon. McClanahan was reportedly in Kentucky visiting a friend, but first responders found her dead on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Nashville officials said Kentucky authorities obtained a second-degree murder warrant against Forkum on Wednesday after learning that McClanahan made a drug purchase, allegedly from Forkum, 24 hours before she died.
According to jail records, Forkum was booked into the Metro jail and charged with probation violation, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapon possession. Her bond was set at $280,000.
Following her court appearances in Nashville, Forkum will be extradited back to Warren County, where she is expected to be charged with second-degree manslaughter, Kentucky officials said.