Metro police have shut down a marijuana grow operation that was transporting drugs between Davidson and Williamson counties.
After several months of investigating, police arrested 52-year-old William Leader and 28-year-old David Hall.
They have been charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Fairview officer pulled Leader over Tuesday for not wearing a seatbelt and reportedly found marijuana in his trunk.
“Once he realized I had the dog in the back of the vehicle, he said, ‘Look, it’s in the back of the trunk,’” said Officer Shane Dunning.
Police say Leader is a major player in the marijuana trade.
“Yes, we took a major player off the streets, in my opinion. Mr. Leader was feeding our kids marijuana to sell and we took him off the streets,” Dunning told News 2.
Officer Dunning went on to say that authorities started investigating Leader a few months ago when undercover officers bought drugs off a teen at Fairview High School.
According to officials, the teens got the drugs from Leader.
Tuesday’s arrest led to the search of a home believed to be Leader’s grow house.
When authorities arrived at the home in the 7600 block of Sullivan Hollow Road, they discovered two pounds of processed marijuana and equipment used for cultivation. They also found 58 marijuana plants, worth $750,000.
As officers were leaving, Hall pulled up to the home.
Officials said he had three mason jars of high-grade marijuana in his vehicle, along with items believed to be used to maintain the grow operation.
Leader was jailed in lieu of $55,000 bond and is scheduled to go to court in Nashville on July 9. He goes to court in Williamson County on July 25.
Hall is being held on $27,500 bond.