Task Force probe led to charges against 32

Friday, December 10, 2010

NASHVILLE -- An alleged Lewisburg marijuana distributor's arrest in Marshall County last month is among 32 drug busts announced Thursday evening by Metro Police who also say the roundup reached suspects alleged to be at the upper echelon of a criminal enterprise.

The investigation by Metro police officers assigned to the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force and their counterparts with the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force in Lewisburg has thus far resulted in the seizure of 1,370 pounds of marijuana, 8.4 kilograms of cocaine, $765,972 cash, 49 vehicles and 15 firearms. Liens have been placed on seven properties.

Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron made the announcement at sunset Thursday, but the investigation began early last year and led to the arrest of Timothy Seisser, 27, of Lewisburg by the Drug Task Force led by Director Timothy Lane whose headquarters are in Shelbyville.

An investigation begun in early 2009 into the delivery and distribution of thousands of pounds of marijuana and multi kilograms of cocaine onto the streets of Nashville and Middle Tennessee has resulted in felony drug and/or money laundering charges against 32 persons, including those who are alleged to be at the upper echelon of the criminal enterprise.

"This investigation is very significant in that those persons believed responsible for trafficking in extraordinarily large amounts of marijuana and cocaine have been identified and jailed," Chief Steve Anderson said. "Two years of difficult police work has made Nashville's streets safer and less prone to the violence often associated with large drug organizations and shipments."

The major takedown in the case came on November 13th, shortly after a 1,260 pound marijuana shipment, originating in Mexico and entering the United States in Texas, arrived at a warehouse at 909 E. Trinity Lane (across the street from the police department's East Precinct). The marijuana, which was stuffed into crates of produce containing green tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, was off loaded at the warehouse and sent to homes on North Summerfield Drive and Constitution Avenue. Drug Task Force members moved in at that point. As a result of the investigation, 19 search warrants have been executed, the latest of which occurred Wednesday night.

The investigation to this point shows that two Nashville men, Marc Sutton, 39, of 4924 Clarksville Pike, and Timothy Dansby, 40, of 4104 Whites Creek Pike, conspired to distribute thousands of pounds of marijuana over the past few years. Sutton has been previously convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine and was released from federal prison in 2005.

To get the marijuana here, Dansby is alleged to have conspired with brothers Armando Lopez, 30, of Hendersonville, and Daniel Lopez, 23, of Hermitage, who in turn are alleged to have worked through their uncles in Texas to arrange for marijuana and cocaine shipments. The uncles, Cayetano Flores, 43 of Mission, Texas, and Hector Flores, 45, of Wimberly, Texas, traveled to Nashville to oversee the November 13th arrival.

Dansby is alleged to have worked through friend Kenneth Bowers, 32, to acquire the Trinity Lane warehouse space for last month's marijuana shipment. Bowers leased the building and was present when the truck arrived on Nov.13. He, too, is facing drug charges.

The investigation shows that prior to Nov. 13, marijuana shipments would arrive at the rear of Just Furniture, a furniture retail business on Dickerson Pike run by Antonio Summers, 38. Large bundles of marijuana would be broken up into small quantities in the back of the store and then delivered to the homes of dealers and distributors. Summers is jailed on drug charges as part of this case.

The investigation further shows that marijuana was sent to two homes in Lewisburg. With the assistance of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Lewisburg resident Timothy Seisser, 27, an alleged marijuana distributor, was taken into custody, according to Metro Nashville Police. At 4501 Cottonwood Court in Lewisburg, officers recovered $156,000 cash and drug ledgers believed to have come from Armando Lopez's Hendersonville home. It is suspected that Seisser took the cash and ledgers for safekeeping when word began to spread of last month's takedowns and search warrant executions.

Drug Task Force officers continue to pursue information developed in this investigation. Additional arrests are expected.