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Sheriff: Search reveals gambling, drugs

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Sheriff’s detectives said Thursday a search warrant at a Mt. Juliet home revealed apparent gambling, prostitution, drugs and illegal alcohol sales.

Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Lt. Mike Owen said detectives executed the warrant Wednesday at 11138 Central Pike. According to Sheriff Robert Bryan, the homeowner’s identity was withheld due to the ongoing investigation, but he said the person is a long-time Wilson County resident.

Owen said several people were inside when investigators searched the home. He said detectives recovered evidence of alcohol packaged for resale, illegal narcotics consistent with crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and money supporting proceeds of narcotics transactions and illegal alcohol sales.

Owen said numerous complaints were received by the Sheriff’s Office from west Wilson County citizens concerning illegal activity at the home in the past several months.

“These complaints range from the illegal sale of alcohol, gambling, prostitution and the sale and use of illegal narcotics,” Owen said. “Narcotics detectives have received numerous calls and complaints from concerned citizens living in the Central Pike area. These citizens were complaining about the overall hazardous condition of this residence and the alleged criminal activity that is ongoing at the location. Citizens living in this area expressed concerns regarding their safety.”

Owen said further investigation led to confirmation of the information received, which also led to the search warrant.

Owen said no arrests were made, but detectives interviewed and received statements from several suspects involved in the case. He said detectives plan to request indictments on several people who were at the home pending a Wilson County grand jury investigation. 

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