Police arrest suspected leader of Honduran drug group, 6 others in south Nashville

(Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police arrested the alleged leader of a Honduran drug group operating out of south Nashville along with several others on Tuesday.

Authorities reported the arrest of Victor Cardoza Martinez, 24, who admitted to being a felon who had previously been deported from the United States.

Victor Cardoza Martinez (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Victor Cardoza Martinez (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)

The months-long investigation began in 2015 after Metro police received information the group was distributing heroin and methamphetamine in the south Nashville area.

Extensive surveillance was conducted and multiple undercover purchases were made from the group.

Search warrants were served Tuesday morning at multiple locations, including a Nolensville Pike apartment and residences on Cedarcreek Drive, Wallace Road, Raymond Street, Irma Drive, Coral Court and Paragon Mills Road.

At the Paragon Mills residence, Carlos Ochoa, 26, was leaving the home when officers arrived. Ochoa reportedly accelerated and crashed his 2009 Infiniti into a tree line.

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metro police reported Ochoa fled on foot and was later taken into custody on Tampa Drive. Cocaine packaged for resale was reportedly found inside the wrecked vehicle.

Seizures included over $10,000 in cash, seven vehicles, 7.5 ounces of meth, 6 ounces of heroin and 15 grams of cocaine.

The 7 persons charged in this case are:

  • Victor Cardoza-Martinez, who is charged with engaging in a heroin distribution conspiracy and 3 counts of selling methamphetamine. His bond is set at $300,000.
  • Walter Chinchilla, 21, of Irma Drive, who is charged with engaging in a heroin distribution conspiracy. His bond is set at $150,000.
  • Juan Bonilla, 30, of Wallace Road, who is charged with engaging in a heroin distribution conspiracy. His bond is set at $150,000.
  • Ruby Perez, 23, of Irma Drive, who is charged with engaging in a heroin distribution conspiracy. Her bond is set at $150,000.
  • Josselyn Caceres-Barahona, 22, of Paragon Mills Road, who is charged with possessing cocaine for resale.
  • Carlos Ochoa, 26, of Tennessee Avenue, who is charged with possessing cocaine for resale, evading arrest, leaving the scene of a crash, and driving without a license.
  • Fredy Reyes, 20, of Bridgeway Circle (not yet in custody), named in an outstanding warrant charging that engaged in a cocaine conspiracy.

No additional information was immediately released.

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