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Central Pike home busted

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Sheriff’s detectives said a search warrant at a Mt. Juliet home Friday turned up apparent illegal drug activity.

Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Lt. Mike Owen said detectives executed the search warrant at a home at 10390 Central Pike on Friday and that the residence is the home of a long time Wilson County resident.

Owen said numerous complaints of illegal activity in and around the residence had been received over the past several months from concerned citizens in West Wilson County. Citizen complaints ranged from gambling to prostitution to the sale and use of illegal narcotics.

Detectives said they had received numerous calls from citizens in the Central Pike area complaining of the overall dangerous conditions surrounding the area and the alleged ongoing criminal activity. They said citizens shared concerns for their safety after seeing unknown women walking the streets at all hours and numerous intoxicated individuals knocking on doors looking to buy crack cocaine. 

Owen said upon further investigation detectives were able to verify the information they received regarding ongoing illegal activity at the residence.

After receiving and executing a search warrant for the residence, detectives found numerous individuals as well as the homeowner inside the home. During a search of the home detectives found evidence relating to illegal narcotics consistent with crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and U.S. currency supporting proceeds of narcotics transactions.

Owen said this is the second search warrant executed by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department in this area of Mt. Juliet this month. 

Owen said no arrests were made, but detectives interviewed and obtained statements from several suspects involved in the case. He said several individuals stated that the residence “is a place where they can go get high and party.”

Owen said Sheriff Robert Bryan advised the Narcotics Unit “aggressive and proactive investigations would continue in the area until the residents in this neighborhood are safe and free of this type of criminal activity.”

Owen said detectives plan to request indictments on several people who were at the home pending a Wilson County grand jury investigation.

Previously on Jan. 16 detectives executed a search at 11138 Central Pike that revealed apparent gambling, prostitution, drugs and illegal alcohol sales.

Owen said several people were inside when investigators searched the home and detectives recovered evidence of alcohol packaged for resale, illegal narcotics consistent with crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and money supporting proceeds of narcotics transactions and illegal alcohol sales.

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