TN, MS auto dealer arrested in large-scale heroin trafficking ring bust


NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Metro Nashville Police arrested an auto dealer and another man after seizing two pounds of heroin, three guns, and more than $112,000 cash.

According to the arrest affidavit for 40-year-old Tommie Myles, detectives said they watched Myles leave a known drug house on the 500 block of Hayes Street on Wednesday and conducted a traffic stop.

Detectives pulled over the Jackson, Mississippi, native in his Cadillac rental car off Fesslers and asked Myles what he had in the car. Myles told detectives "about $40,000" from a recent marijuana deal, but a search found much more.

Police found $58,680 in cash, four working cell phones, and a semi-automatic handgun inside the car. Myles told police he was a car dealer, admitting the money was "drug money," according to the affidavit. Police said Myles kept telling officers to just seize the money and let him go.

Police believe Myles received the cash from Kendrick Perry.

Detectives also found business cards on Myles for "Myles to-go Auto Dealer," based out of Tennessee and Mississippi. Detectives said they believe Myles was using the business to launder cash from drug sales. Myles also allegedly told detectives the money was from a marijuana sale he recently made.

On Thursday, police arrested 36-year-old Kendrick Perry on Hermitage Avenue. Officers found 30 grams of heroin in his pocket.

After searching his pick up truck, detectives found a hidden compartment with a loaded handgun, 95 grams of heroin, and $20,000 cash inside. Metro Police also searched Perry's home on Fair Street and found 1.5 pounds of heroin and drug paraphernalia including scales.

After searching another home on 11th Avenue North, detectives seized more cash hidden in air vents and a gun. Police also seized Perry's Porsche 911 Turbo.

Tommie Myles was arrested for money laundering and released from the Davidson County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Perry had previous felony cocaine and marijuana convictions. He was charged with heroin possession in a drug-free school zone, felon in possession of a gun, a crooks with guns law violation, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and held on a $155,000 bond.

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