Rutherford Co. police make multi-million dollar drug bust - WSMV Channel 4

Rutherford Co. police make multi-million dollar drug bust

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A huge drug bust in Rutherford County has landed two men in jail while taking more than 200 pounds of cocaine off the street.

It's also the largest bust in Rutherford County's history. Police say the amount of cocaine confiscated, in the rural community of Florence, is estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

Investigators received a tip notifying them of a suspicious horse trailer. Officers responded to the call and found the trailer with Texas tags that, police say, showed little evidence of hauling horses.

The Rutherford County's K-9 unit was called in as a result. That's when they said they found the 91 kilograms of cocaine.

Police arrested Antonio Dunlap, 41, of Nashville and Jose Anjel Beltran, 28, of Bakersville, CA. Both have been charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Capt. Jason Mathis credited the citizen who saw the suspicious horse trailer and notified the sheriff's office to investigate.

"People realize there are drugs in our communities," Mathis said. "If you take 91 kilos of cocaine in the heart of the county, you have a bad problem."

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