Five Suspects In Custody After Two-Month Drug Investigation

Five Suspects In Custody After Two-Month Drug Investigation

CREATED May 20, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Five people have been arrested after a two-month drug trafficking investigation in Davidson County.

Officials said they seized 230 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of cocaine, more than 2 pounds of methamphetamines and over $110,000 in cash.

Narcotics detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division of the Metro Nashville Police Department and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration discovered a stash house at 5135 Hickory Hollow Parkway.

They said drugs were being distributed in Nashville and other parts of Middle Tennessee from the house.

Investigators said they obtained a search warrant last Friday after seeing 36-year-old Miguel Cortez transfer what they believed to be cocaine to 34-year-old Josue Diaz.

As officials arrived at the house to execute the warrant, they found 24-year-old Stepanie Andrea Diaz leaving with some crystal meth and a large amount of cash.

When police approached the house, they said Josue Diaz ran out the back door and hid in a wooded area. He and Cortez were apprehended a short distance away after the two met up.

A fourth suspect, 40-year-old Maria D. Combs, was stopped in Humphreys County as she traveled to Texas and Mexico. Police found a large amount of cash hidden in shampoo bottles and coffee cans in her luggage. Officials believed Combs was transporting the cash on behalf of Josue Diaz.

Combs was booked into the Humphreys County Jail on charges of money laundering. She was also wanted in Nashville on charges of engaging in a drug conspiracy.

A fifth suspect, 47-year-old Juan Laturneri, was stopped on May 7 and arrested for possession of three ounces of cocaine. Investigators believed Laturneri was working as a cocaine distributor linked to the other suspects.