9 Arrested In Marijuana Trafficking Conspiracy

9 Arrested In Marijuana Trafficking Conspiracy

CREATED Jan 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nine people were arrested in an alleged marijuana trafficking conspiracy that police said brought hundreds of pounds of the drug to Nashville from California.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said 39-year-old John Mason Houghland and 40-year-old Brian Bailey were the local distributors, who bought the West Coast marijuana for $3,000 to $3,600 per pound. 

The marijuana would arrive in Nashville by couriers and, more recently, concealed in shipping containers transported by commercial carriers. 

Police said 64-year-old George Auzans, of Sebastopol, California, was a major supplier to Houghland and Bailey. He was taken into custody Thursday at a Nashville motel. Detectives believe he intended on leaving Nashville with a large cash payment. 

Police also arrested 46-year-old Cheryl Brashears, of Dickson, who was believed to be a courier who transported marijuana across the country. She was stopped in Utah while transporting 127 pounds of marijuana which authorities believe was destined for Tennessee.

The wives of Houghland and Bailey, 39-year-old Charwan Houghland and 37-year-old Amy Bailey, were also arrested. Police said they allegedly received payment for marijuana fronted to street dealers.

Others arrested include:

  • 38-year-old Trimeco Martin, who allegedly distributed/resold marijuana supplied to him by Brian Bailey;
  • 34-year-old Andrew Moore, who allegedly allowed his home to be used as distributed/resold marijuana supplied to him by Brian Bailey
  • 43-year-old Ronald Rowlette, who allegedly moved and hid marijuana in an effort to avoid law enforcement detection. He also allegedly received marijuana for resale on multiple occasions from Brian Bailey.
Police also seized 48 pounds of marijuana on Thursday from a stash house on Hunt Club Road near Percy Warner Park. 

More than $300,000 cash has been seized, along with the assets of all those arrested. Several guns, including a .50-caliber rifle, were seized from John Mason Houghland's home during his arrest Thursday.

A California man, 33-year-old Conor Guckian, is also believed to be connected to the case. Guckian was arrested January 13 while trying to charter a private jet from Nashville International to California. He was carrying $153,334 in cash, which police believe were marijuana proceeds. He was charged with money laundering, and released on $10,000 bond.

Police said they were actively continuing their investigation.