RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN (WSMV) - Five people were arrested in connection to a fentanyl-laced heroin investigation. 

The TBI said in late 2018, investigators began looking into a series of fentanyl-laced heroin overdoses in Murfreesboro. During the investigation, authorities discovered and arrested several people involved in a distribution ring. Investigators also seized heroin, methamphetamine, stolen weapons and cash in the drug bust.

TBI agents and detectives from the Murfreesboro Police Department arrested 37-year-old Robert Ray Yates of Cleveland, OH, 44-year-old Carmarski Butler of Murfreesboro, 32-year-old John Bates of Murfreesboro, 39-year-old Antonio Johnson of Murfreesboro and 35-year-old Shatika Floyd of Murfreesboro.

All are facing a wide range of charges.

Yates: 

  • Three counts Distribution of Schedule I Drug (Heroin) Drug-Free School Zone, nine counts Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Heroin), Conspiracy to Distribute 300 grams or more Methamphetamine, Possession of 300 grams or more Methamphetamine, Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession with intent Drug-Free School Zone, 15 counts Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession with Intent Methamphetamine, Distribution of Schedule 2 Drugs Drug-Free School Zone, two counts Maintain Dwelling for Drug Use, Resisting Stop, Arrest, Search.

Butler:

  • Conspiracy to Distribute 300 grams or more Methamphetamine, seven counts Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. 

Bates: 

  • Nine counts Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession Schedule I Drugs (Heroin), Distribution of Schedule 1 Drugs (Heroin) Drug-Free School Zone, Conspiracy to Distribute 300 grams or more Methamphetamine, eight counts Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession with Intent to distribute Methamphetamine. 

Johnson: 

  • Conspiracy to Distribute 300 grams or more Methamphetamine, Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession with Intent to Distribute Drug-Free School Zone, Maintain Dwelling for Drug Use, Distribution Schedule 2 Drugs Drug-Free School Zone, Possession of Firearm with Intent to go Armed, Theft of Property up to $1,000.

Floyd: 

  • Schedule 1 Drugs (Heroin) Drug-Free Zone, Conspiracy to Distribute 300 grams or more Methamphetamine, Manufacture, Delivery, Sale, Possession with Intent (Methamphetamine) Drug-Free Zone, Maintain Dwelling for Drug Use, two counts Possession of Firearm with Intent to go Armed, Theft of Property up to $1,000. 

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