Multi-state marijuana ring busted in Nashville - WSMV Channel 4

Multi-state marijuana ring busted in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A former Metro Court employee, empty houses and hundreds of pounds of high-end marijuana are all caught up in a drug ring police say spanned the country.

According to investigators, the operation was calculated and went on for years. Now, the 29 people tied up in the investigation face dozens of charges.

Police believe several suspects shipped high-dollar marijuana from California, Nevada and Arizona to Nashville. Here, police identified two main distributors - James Roberts and William Gupton III - who they believe distributed nearly one ton of marijuana since 2008.

Throughout the past six months, the investigation identified some unique characters, including Nashville real estate agent Alexis Mayes.

Police said Mayes entered homes listed for sale to receive drug shipments.

The investigation also netted William Ross, who used to run Nashville's Drug Treatment Court, which helps offenders recover.

Police said, more recently, Ross tipped off a suspect in this case, complicated the investigation and then resigned when police questioned him.

Normally, pot sells for at least $700 a pound on the street, but police said the drugs in this ring reportedly sold for at least $4,000 a pound.

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