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Police seize 23 pounds of marijuana, $76,000 in South Nashville bust

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$76,000 cash was seized Wednesday in a South Nashville arrest. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) $76,000 cash was seized Wednesday in a South Nashville arrest. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Terry Kenneth Pegram Jr. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) Terry Kenneth Pegram Jr. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Phillip Dale Tidwell. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) Phillip Dale Tidwell. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Evan Alexander Newbaker. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department) Evan Alexander Newbaker. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Three men were arrested and 23 pounds of high-grade marijuana and $76,000 cash were seized in a South Nashville bust Wednesday.

Terry Kenneth Pegram Jr., 24, of Aladdin Drive is charged with possession of marijuana for resale and a crooks with guns violation for having a rifle and pistols inside the residence. Phillip Dale Tidwell, 50, of Dyersburg and Evan Newbaker, 24, of Murfreesboro were both charged with possessing marijuana for resale. The three are alleged to have been working together.

Undercover detectives with the Specialized Investigations Division of Metro Nashville Police had Pegram under surveillance Wednesday as part of their continuing investigation.

They watched as Pegram met with Tidwell and Newbaker in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant on Percy Priest Drive in Hermitage. Pegram transferred a backpack from his pickup truck to Tidwell’s truck, in which Newbaker was sitting. The three men left soon after.

Tidwell’s truck was stopped for running a stop sign. A search of the truck, initiated by a police dog’s indication of drug odor, revealed a vacuum sealed bag containing a small amount of marijuana and more than $70,000 cash in a plastic grocery bag, concealed in the backpack Pegram had given Tidwell and Newbaker.

Pegram returned to his residence on Aladdin Drive. After a few minutes he came out of the house with two large duffel bags. Pegram was followed onto I-24 where he was stopped for speeding. A search resulted in the discovery of 16 pounds of marijuana. A subsequent search of Pegram’s residence led to the seizure of seven more pounds of marijuana and the firearms.

Pegram’s bond is set at $55,000. Bond for Tidwell and Newbaker is set at $30,000 each.

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