Earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration tipped off law enforcement in Nashville about a suspicious shipment arriving on a passenger flight. A scan of a 22-year-old woman's luggage at her point of departure in October revealed what appeared to be packages of marijuana.
There were 659,700 people taken into custody for marijuana offenses in the United States in 2017. Of those, 599,282 were taken into custody for being in possession of the substance. This was an increase from 587,516 in 2016, and there are calls to reduce the amount of time and energy spent by law enforcement focusing on those who use the drug in Tennessee and other states where it has not been legalized.
A man is facing up to 40 years in a federal prison after admitting to selling LSD and MDMA at a Tennessee music festival. The dealer, who police claim regularly visited music events and festivals to sell drugs using the name Molly Poppins, appeared before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on Aug. 29 to enter guilty pleas to charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute.
A routine traffic stop on the afternoon of Sept. 2 led to the discovery of large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin and felony drug charges for a 27-year-old Tennessee man. The Maryville resident faces felony charges of drug possession with the intent to deliver, and reports indicate that more severe penalties could be applied because the traffic stop took place in a school zone.
While the number of meth labs is in decline in Tennessee, arrests on drug charges related to methamphetamine continue to rise. In 2017, authorities claimed that meth was the second most trafficked illegal drug in the state, and problems associated with meth continue to be a significant concern. The state was previously known for a large number of meth labs that served as distribution points for the drug throughout the area. The signs of these old labs can still be seen as there are hundreds of boarded-up homes that remain contaminated from their use in meth manufacturing.
Victims' advocacy groups in Tennessee and around the country may be saddened to learn that Henry T. Nicholas III was taken into custody by police in Nevada on the evening of Aug. 7. The 59-year-old technology billionaire has been charged with drug trafficking after quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA and methamphetamine were allegedly discovered in his Las Vegas hotel room. Nicholas has been a tireless campaigner for crime victims and was instrumental in getting Marsy's laws passed in five states. The laws are named after his sister, who was stalked and murdered by her former boyfriend in 1983.
A Tennessee grandmother who was babysitting two toddlers is facing felony drug and weapons charges stemming from a July 26 drug raid according to a report from the Memphis Police Department. The 52-year-old Barton Heights woman was taken into custody shortly after officers arrived at her East Rollins Road residence to serve a drug warrant. A records check is said to have revealed that the woman entered a plea agreement in 2013 after being charged with cocaine possession.
Racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system are concerning to many in Tennessee and across the country. This kind of inequality not only reflects bias in police and prosecution behavior but also can have long-lasting effects in other areas of society. By reforming the criminal penalties for drug possession charges, health outcomes could be improved and inequalities decreased, according to researchers.
Two Tennessee men are facing drug charges after police raided a home in Sweetwater on July 7. The defendants are accused of having methamphetamine and marijuana in their possession.
Two men are facing drug charges after they allegedly tried to return a stolen vehicle to a car rental company at a Tennessee airport. One of the defendants had multiple outstanding arrest warrants.