NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Twenty-five pounds of marijuana was seized from a passenger’s luggage Tuesday at Nashville International Airport.
According to an affidavit, 27-year-old Chad Singkeo flew into Nashville on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle.
Airport detectives were notified by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration that a passenger could be onboard with “contraband in his luggage,” according to police.
Metro police said authorities approached Singkeo and he agreed to let agents search his bags.
Agents reportedly recovered 25 pounds of marijuana packed in 25 vacuum-sealed bags.
“Our drug dogs are phenomenal. Our officers are like spotting this stuff and we work in conjunction with the DEA,” said Bobby Joslin, Chairman of the Metro Nashville Airport Authority.
According to an arrest warrant, Singkeo admitted to being a marijuana courier and said he gets paid to bring marijuana into Nashville.
Authorities told News 2 because of liberalized laws regarding marijuana in western states, there is a pot pipeline coming to Middle Tennessee from states like Oregon, Colorado and California.
“I think that’s the world we live in now,” Joslin said. “Medical marijuana it’s given another open door for people to sneak things through thinking we are not paying attention like we should be. We’re on our A-game here. This police department is great.”
Joslin said the DEA knew about the deal long before Singkeo landed at the airport.
“We knew this was coming in before it even landed,” he said.
Joslin also had a word of warning to drug mules trying to make BNA a narcotics pipeline.
“You would think these people would get the message, we are going to catch you. Bottom line is we may slide a little bit, but at the end of the day we’re waiting on you when you get off that airplane,” he said.
Singkeo was booked into the Metro jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $15,000 and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.