NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Officers from the 18th Forensic Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol SWAT team, raided an alleged drugstore in the Hermitage at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Officers found five pounds of marijuana, cocaine, vapes, and Adderall and THC chewing gum.
Additionally, officers seized a loaded handgun and arrested a 23-year-old man.
Asked about the pot seizure, one of the officers said, “It’s still a drug as far as we’re concerned, so we’ll continue to enforce it.”
Officers have charged Michael Parris with possession with intent to sell a controlled substance and possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous crime.
“He started out as a marijuana dealer, and reports showed he started moving into the cocaine/fentanyl business, so we were interested in that,” an 18th JDTF agent told News 2.
Along with the marijuana packaged and ready for distribution, officers found more than two ounces of cocaine possibly mixed with fentanyl.
“A few ounces is more than enough to kill a lot of people,” the agent said.
Officers say where you find drugs, you find handguns. In this case, it was a 9mm with lots of ammo.
“Marijuana, cocaine, pills, whatever, drug dealers, traffickers, where there are drugs there are guns,” an officer said.
Officers also confiscated Adderall, THC vapes, and nearly $3,000 in cash. Officers took the 23-year-old’s van in what they say is his alleged drug operation.
“As you can see, this is a good example of how pot leads to other narcotics. You have over five pounds of weed here that has turned a marijuana dealer into someone who Addicted to cocaine,” the officer said. “He’s got a little criminal history in the narcotics business at 23, you hate to see that. He is a young man and now faces multiple narcotics and weapons charges.
Parris’ bail was set at $37,000. Agents say he was released from prison before they finished writing their reports.
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Another man was also arrested during the raid. Officers say he was in the house, wanted on outstanding warrants.