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Man swallows marijuana cigarette during Nashville prostitution sting at hotel

A 30-year-old Nashville man has been charged with promoting prostitution and tampering with evidence after eating a marijuana cigarette during a prostitution sting on Wednesday. PHOTO: Ronald Brooks and Jonathan Jamison-Metro Nashville Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A 30-year-old Nashville man has been charged with promoting prostitution and tampering with evidence after eating a marijuana cigarette during a prostitution sting on Wednesday.

According to the arrest affidavit from Metro Nashville Police, officers conducting a prostitution operation at the Best Western Plus on Airport Center Drive were conducting the sting after answering an ad on Backpage.com. Police say upon arrival to the hotel, an undercover officer made a deal with a woman inside one of the hotel rooms to have sexual intercourse for $200.

After the deal was made, the woman told police she had been driven there by a friend in a truck. Police spotted Ronald Brooks in the parking lot, sitting inside a truck with the engine running. Police went to speak with Brooks, who told them he "only had this," referencing what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. When asked if that was all he had, Brooks "promptly ate the marijuana cigarette" the affidavit states.

Police took Brooks into custody and he allegedly stated he "knew he shouldn't have brought her here."

On the same day, police arrested another man for promoting prostitution at the hotel. Again, contact was made with a woman based on responding to a Backpage.com ad. The undercover officer made arrangements for sex for $120 and soon after, 23-year-old Jonathan Jamison arrived to the room and knocked on the door in an effort to retrieve the woman. Police believe Jamison was providing security and escort for the woman given he had called her six times while the undercover officer was brokering a deal with the woman inside the room.

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