Multi-agency drug case nets key arrests

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

NASHVILLE – As part of a multi-agency effort, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents assisted in charging six men connected to an apparent large cocaine and heroin operation in the Nashville area.

Adrian Angel Gott, 33, of Nashville; Pedro Maldonado Elizondo, 46, of Houston, Texas; Alan Paris Martinez, 27, of Houston, Texas; James Howard Manning, 32, of La Vergne; Billandrus Keniele Caruthers, 38, of Nashville; and Michael A. Davis, 34, of Nashville, were charged.

TBI agents working with the Drug Enforcement Agency and police departments from Nashville and La Vergne, developed evidence that revealed Gott was a major supplier of drugs in the Nashville area. Investigators determined the six men were involved in a long-standing operation to import and distribute 20-30 kilograms of cocaine and 5-10 kilograms of heroin each month throughout the mid-state. In one instance, investigators observed Caruthers distributing large quantities of cocaine near a Metro Nashville high school.

After several months of investigation, during the past few days, authorities served 10 search warrants and arrested the six men. Investigators also seized about $170,000, five vehicles, six firearms, 4 kilograms of heroin and 12 kilograms of cocaine.

The six men arrested face a variety of felony drug charges. The suspects remained Monday night in the Davidson County Jail on bond amounts of at least $250,000.

The investigation remained active and ongoing, with a possibility of additional arrests in the near future.

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