Man busted flying from Oakland to Nashville with over 30 pounds of marijuana in luggage
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV)--A man flying into Nashville from Oakland, California has been arrested after police found 30.5 pounds of marijuana in his luggage.
According to Nashville Airport Police, a K-9 officer named "Eclipse" alerted to the presence of narcotics in two pieces of luggage belonging to 22-year-old Cleo Senegal. Senegal had landed on a Southwest flight from Oakland on Tuesday just after 2pm.
Police took Senegal and his luggage to the DEA office for further questioning at which time he admitted the luggage was his and that he personally packed the luggage.
In the first piece of luggage, officers found 15 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana totaling 15.30 pounds. The second piece of luggage contained 14 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana weighing 15.20 pounds.
Police say the bags were mixed in with clothing in the two pieces of hard case luggage. Senegal was arrested on charges of possession of a schedule 1 substance with intent to distribute. He is being held on $75,000 bond in the Davidson County Jail.
This is far from the first time people flying in from Oakland have been found trying to transport drugs.
In 2013, a DEA agent arrested a man after landing in Nashville from Oakland after he was found with 11 pounds of marijuana. The man admitted to making three previous trips to Music City, two delivering marijuana and another one to pick up money. The man told police he was being paid $600-$800 per trip to transport the drugs.
It was later found he was part of a drug ring which used employee entrances at the Oakland International Airport to get the drugs on board.
In 2014, a woman was arrested after taking a trip from Oakland to Nashville with 30 pounds of marijuana in her carry-on.
In August of this year, a man and woman were arrested with nearly 36 pounds of marijuana in two suitcases. In this case, the man said he was being paid up to $3,000 to pick up and transport the drugs.