"Large" drug organization busted in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knoxville Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration agents have busted a drug organization operating out of a South Knoxville club, court records show.

Brothers Jose Medina and Miguel Martinez own the Los Arcos Dance Club and Billiards on Chapman Highway, and an affidavit obtained by Volunteer TV says they were running a major marijuana and cocaine operation out of the business that moved more than 1000 Kilograms of pot, and more than 5 kilograms of cocaine between December 2007 and May 2008.

Court documents indicate that Medina is the leader of one of three distinct branches of the organization, and his brother would maintain the finances of the the illegal dealings. The drug money was then used to run the club, according to the affidavit.

The scheme apparently used at least one "stash house" to store the dope.

About 7,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 160 pounds of cocaine were seized by investigators, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The paper also reports that number of guns, including machine guns, were were found at a "stash house" on Asheville Highway.

Investigators taped phone conversations and used confidential informants in the investigation. Officers executed a search warrant at Los Arcos Dance Club and Billiards on May 11, 2008 where they found a shotgun in a Martinez's vehicle.

Medina, Martinez, and a number of other suspects face federal charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and fire arms possession during a drug trafficking crime.

A copy of the sworn affidavit can be found HERE.

A copy of the indictment against Jose Medina and others, can be found HERE.

Jose Medina-Martinez




Miguel Medina-Martinez




Anthony Jay Thompson




Edwin Rene Morales




Gustavo Guzman Vasquez




Jorge Cardenas-Gonzalez




Jose de Jesus Medina-Martinez




Michael Allen Hill




Porfirio Rojas-Castro




Romelia Pineda




Saul Nunez Moreno


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  • by sassy Location: tn on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    I guess its better when americans sell drugs and rape and murder and steal and everything else horrible that goes on in this country. and just a reminder people head straight to mexico when they get in trouble here I wonder if people in mexico have the same racist remarks to say about the criminals that go to mexico from here its 2011 quit being so ignorant, I feel sorry for racist peoples children there is no hope for them. and I have a lot of mexican friends who are just as happy that they got caught as the next person just because one person in a race is bad doesnt mean everyone in that race is bad
  • by sassy Location: tn on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    I guess its better when americans sell drugs and rape and murder and steal and everything else horrible that goes on in this country. and just a reminder people head straight to mexico when they get in trouble here I wonder if people in mexico have the same racist remarks to say about the criminals that go to mexico from here its 2011 quit being so ignorant, I feel sorry for racist peoples children there is no hope for them. and I have a lot of mexican friends who are just as happy that they got caught as the next person just because one person in a race is bad doesnt mean everyone in that race is bad
  • by Allie Location: East US MEXICO on Aug 13, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    Why bother giving them federal charges? Now we are just store housing them, feeding them, etc. Why were they not deported? I think if you are here the LEGAL way and you are here to give your family a better life and work and pay taxes and be responsible then Bienvenidos. If you are here to cause trouble, sell drugs and be welfare trash, go back to Mexico. We all have to pull our weight in society. What these people did is hop the border looking to score easy money, HOWEVER, they are smart because they KNOW the products they came with are in high demand and they were making good money obviously so REALLY it wasnt all their fault. People are adults and make their own choices... These people were bad to supply it, the junkies were just as bad for buying it.
  • by Anonymous Location: maryville tn. on May 30, 2008 at 09:23 PM
    i just want to say ,we cant look down on latino people .just look at the white guys on here to. it is not just one race that deal in drugs,they where just the ones getting caught.so people wise up .this the usa .hell come one come all .we love all of you .this is the land of the free.but you know you could live next door to some one selling or buying drugs.it is every where and wont just go away.as for miguel hold your head high and be strong .there is life after jail.
  • by bandit_m13 Location: KNOXVILLE, MEXICO on May 27, 2008 at 09:07 PM
    HEY isnt this great some mexicans got busted you happy well guss what there will be another comein to take his spot and it will never stop no matter what happens and all your tax money will not stop our race or gente so just give up already. my people are comein and the u.s.a alredy knows that they cant stop us from cross the border so bend over and take IT. I LOVE THE U.S.A it GREAT.
  • by Laura Location: Gallatin Tn. on May 27, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    O.K. how much are US citizens going to be forced to put up with? we pay to send their kids to school, give them medical care, they take our jobs, bring us drugs to destroy our families, drive without legal drivers, they kill our people, and themselves, and oh please make me stop!!!! I researched these people for a college paper, and the general population dosen't know the half of what these people have done to our United States. It cost each and every taxpayer to keep these people hear,To the tune of billions each year. It has forced hospitals to close because of illegals flooding the system they do not pay, our children sit in crowded class rooms with children that can not speak english, resulting in less time for the teacher teaching our chilren, that we pay to send to school. It really does not help when businesses hire these people for cheap labor. I thought it was illegal to hire them in the first place. What is all of this saying to the American people??
  • by zr2 Location: Crossville on May 20, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    What are they (the Authorities) going to do with them? Most of them are probably Illegal Immigrants! They will be back on the streets before you know it! What a Shame: (
  • by Willow Location: Knoxville on May 19, 2008 at 10:27 PM
    Come on it's great that they busted these guys but is not only illegals that are doing this. Take a ride around town and you will see it all over blacks,whites, hispanics why does everything always have to be racial!!! Let's face it there is a wide spread problem and I am glad that they made this bust. Please leave the racial issues to rest, grow up and realize it's society good and bad in every race,creed, or religion!!
  • by Realist Location: TN on May 19, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    Nice mug shots of Hillary's voters.
  • by Mommy Location: TN born and raised on May 19, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    AND NO ONE UNDERSTANDS WHY WE HATE ILLEGALS!!! WELL HERE YOU GO! SCUM THAT ARE ENDANGERING OUR FAMILIES FOR THEIR OWN PROFIT! IF THEY HAD TO COME HERE HONEST THEY MAY NOT BE DOING THESE THINGS! WTG GUYS!!!!! GREAT WORK!!! SEND THEM BACK TO PICKING BEANS!!
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