NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Heroin is on the rise in Nashville. There have been a number of overdoses and deaths related to the drug, as well as street robberies, robberies, and drug deals gone bad in its trade.
On Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Metro-Nashville police took down a substantial shipment.
It happened at the Econo Lodge on Brick Church Pike around 11 a.m. where two suspects were arrested and 2 kilos of black tar heroin were seized.
Jaime Sebastian Adams San-Miguel was charged in connection with the bust and accused of transporting the heroin from Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville. Authorities said Columbus is a major distribution point for heroin shipped from Mexico.
When questioned, San-Miguel told News 2 he didn’t speak English.
That’s when News 2 photographer Hector Gardea, who speaks Spanish, asked him why he did it.
“It wasn’t me. I didn’t bring it,” the 31-year-old suspect said. “They told me to bring [the bag] here.”
San-Miguel explained he was just told to bring a bag; that’s all. He wouldn’t elaborate on who gave him the alleged orders.
“I was passing through a very tough time and they offered me some money. I was offered $700. I needed the money,” he added.
Metro police told News 2 a teenage girl was inside the hotel room as well, identified as San-Miguel’s cousin. She was taken to juvenile hall.
The heroin they’re accused of transporting could go for more than $150,000 on the streets, authorities said.
Drug agents told News 2 it was a major bust that will take approximately 2,000 grams of the illicit drug out of the hands of users and abusers.