|Blount Co. Sheriff's Office||$69,813.93|
|TN Fifth Judicial Dist. Drug Task Force||$34,906.97|
Knox Co. Sheriff's Office
|Knoxville Police Dept.||$139,627.85|
|Lenoir CityPolice Dept.||$69,813.93|
|Metro Knoxville Airport Authority Police||$69,813.93|
|Monterey Police Dept.||$34,906.97|
|Oak Ridge Police Dept.||$69,813.93|
|TN Dept. Of Safety||$69,813.93|
WASHINGTON (WVLT) — Ten Tennessee state and local law enforcement agencies are among 19 dividing up $4 million seized during an investigation into a Mexican drug trafficking ring. Agencies in California and North Carolina also got a piece of the action.
According to the Dept. of Justice, information gained through wiretaps helped them identify and stop a semi driven by Armando Guzman Villegas and Javier Cruz-Ramirez as it headed along I-40 through East Tennessee.
Searching the tractor-trailer, they found several pallets of shrink-wrapped bottled water. One of the shrink wrapped pallets, though, held over $4 million in cash in about 200 duct taped bundles.
The Dept. of Justice said Cruz-Ramirez has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting interstate transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises. He was sentenced to five years in prison, with three years of supervised release on top of it.
Villegas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and to aiding and abetting interstate transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises. He was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of supervised release after that.
The court also order the forfeiture of the cash.