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MIDDLESEX — A Tennessee man faces drug trafficking charges after authorities seized 5 kilos of crystal meth in a U.S. 264 traffic stop.
Nash County sheriff’s deputies stopped a 2017 Ford F-250 pickup truck Saturday on U.S. 264 East after allegedly witnessing a traffic violation near mile marker 28 between Middlesex and Bailey. While speaking with the driver, 23-year-old Juan Pablo Perez-Pina, deputies suspected criminal activity.
A sheriff’s K-9 sniffed the truck’s exterior and alerted to the presence of drugs, according to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies searched the pickup and found plastic storage containers that held about 5 kilograms — roughly 11 pounds — of “crystal ice” methamphetamine, officials said.
Perez-Pina, of Stafford Circle in Cordova, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking by possession and one count each of trafficking by transportation and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was placed in the Nash County Detention Center in Nashville under a $1 million secured bond.
“The Nash County Sheriff’s Office routinely conducts roadside interdiction along the major highways within Nash County in an effort to deter criminal activity that comes into and through this county,” Maj. Eddie Moore said in a news release.