Multi-Agency Drug Sting Takes Down 3 Individuals Operating Large-Scale Drug Operation

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – An undercover drug sting led to the arrest of three alleged drug offenders, who attempted to purchase a large amount of marijuana to distribute in the Nashville area. The three offenders were arrested while they each attempted to separately purchase 100 pounds of marijuana at the Just Box It storage facility, located at 129 Sunset Circle, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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Duffle Bags of Marijuana Subjects Attempted to Purchase

Alongside Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Investigation Division and the Metro-Nashville Police Department’s Specialized Investigative Division, Mt. Juliet’s Crime Suppression Unit began investigating the operation after learning the activity involved the sale of illicit drugs in Mt. Juliet, Downtown Nashville, and communities throughout Middle Tennessee. Today’s arrests represent the culmination of a lengthy investigation into a network of individuals accused of operating a large-scale drug operation.

Investigators also executed several search warrants today and seized 143 grams of cocaine, over 700 pills that included over 100 ecstasy pills, 8 pounds of prepackaged marijuana, and 3 handguns, in addition to 4 vehicles and $24,000 in cash.

“Today’s operation is a large hit against drug trafficking in the Mt. Juliet and Nashville areas, and I am thankful that we were able to successfully arrest these individuals who jeopardize the safety of our community,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “This investigation was fully developed by members of our department’s Crime Suppression Unit. Due to the size and scope of this investigation, we sought the assistance of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Metro-Nashville Police Department. Together, we ensured that these individuals, who broke laws and corrupted our society with drugs, will no longer be able to operate in our communities.”

The three individuals arrested were booked into the Wilson County Jail without incident, and they were identified as:

Christopher Crockett

Christopher Crockett, 37, of Nashville

Christopher L. Crockett, 37, of Nashville – Charged with 7 counts of Possession of a Schedule II Drug, 1 count of Possession of a Schedule I Drug, 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Drug, 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule VI Drug, and 1 count of Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule VI Drug.

Crockett is a convicted felon, convicted in the past of selling cocaine and marijuana, and unlawful possession of a handgun by a felon.

Wayford Demonbreum

Wayford Demonbreum, 40, of Nashville

Wayford Demonbreum, Jr., 40, of Nashville – Charged with 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Drug, 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule VI Drug, and 1 count of Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule VI Drug.

Demonbreum is a convicted felon, convicted in the past of second degree murder, aggravated assault, and selling cocaine and crack.

James Jordan

James Jordan, 34, of Madison

James E. Jordan, 34, of Madison – 1 count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule VI Drug and 1 count of Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute a Schedule VI Drug.

Jordan is a convicted felon, convicted in the past of reckless aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a handgun by a felon, and selling cocaine.

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Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Benders Ferry Corner Market, Suspect Later Found Deceased

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Saturday evening at the Corner Market, located at 20 Benders Ferry Road. Around 8:50 p.m. on June 27, 2015, Mt. Juliet Police officers responded to an armed robbery at the Corner Market after a patron called 911 to report a robbery. Prior to police arrival, the suspect fled the scene in a Ford Escape after stealing a case of beer.

Investigators with Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. Their preliminary investigation revealed that a male suspect entered the store, grabbed a case of beer, and ran out of the store. A 56-year-old male clerk and 46-year-old male patron confronted the suspect as he got into the Ford Escape. During the confrontation, the suspect pulled a revolver out and pointed it at the clerk and patron. As the suspect was fleeing the scene in the Ford Escape, it was reported by the patron that the suspect fired one gunshot out of the vehicle. No one was hit by gunfire nor injured during the robbery.

Later around 10:30 p.m., Mt. Juliet Police investigators confirmed that the suspect was found deceased at a home on Lakeview Drive in the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction. Investigators with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the suspect’s death, and they will be handling any information release on that incident.

There is no active search underway for any suspects.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the suspect’s family, friends, and loved ones. The identity of the suspect will not be released until the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department completes their investigation.

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Police Announce Security & Traffic Control Plan for Mt. Juliet’s July 4th Firework Celebration

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. –  Mt. Juliet’s Fourth of July Celebration in Providence is going to be grand, and Mt. Juliet Police & Fire have a plan in place to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone. The firework presentation, presented by local nursery owner Tom Needham, will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and will launch from the field directly behind Target.

Mt. Juliet’s public safety teams are expecting large attendance and traffic. Safety is always a top priority, and a large amount of police officers will be present during the event for patrols and traffic control. With any large event, attendees should always be vigilant for suspicious activity. If anything suspicious is spotted, police encourage attendees to say something and call police. To contact the police department’s non-emergency line, attendees can simply call 311. In addition, the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet will have extra firefighters on hand, and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency is providing an additional ambulance crew.

The firework show should end around 9:45 p.m., and a large amount of traffic will begin to exit out of the Providence Marketplace area. A traffic plan has been established, and police officers will be controlling some intersections to help with the traffic flow.

“Mr. Needham has a great fireworks presentation prepared for Mt. Juliet, and this is a great community event,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “In partnership with Providence Marketplace management, our public safety teams are prepared for the large attendance and more traffic. We want everyone to have an enjoyable experience.”

The following intersections will have their traffic pattern adjusted during & after the firework show:

  • Belinda Parkway: CLOSED between Providence Marketplace & Providence Trail during the firework show.
  • Adams Ln @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd: Traffic turning off Adams Ln will be forced to go southbound.
  • Crossing Circle @ S. Mt. Juliet Rd: Traffic turning off Crossing Circle will be forced to go southbound.
  • Providence Marketplace Exit adjacent to Chick-fil-A/Wendy’s: Traffic coming out of Providence will be forced to go northbound.
  • Providence Marketplace Exit adjacent to Wasabi: CLOSED

Please remember, during this event, our roadways will see a major increase in traffic, so delays should be expected. The Mt. Juliet Police Department is encouraging people to use alternate parking locations to watch the firework celebration. The fireworks will be launched from the field behind Target. Therefore, the fireworks will be visible from parking areas along Pleasant Grove Road near the Paddocks shopping development.

Personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages, barbecue grills, and parking on roadway medians are prohibited.

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Mt. Juliet Police Remind Residents of Firework Safety & Local Regulations

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – With Independence Day festivities beginning to ramp-up, the Mt. Juliet Police Department is reminding residents to be careful while discharging fireworks in order to avoid injuries and noise violations.

Fireworks can be a lot of fun and full of excitement, but they can be very dangerous if they are not used safely. It is imperative that fireworks be handled with care to avoid serious burns, eye damage, and even life-threatening injuries. Premature denotation and misuse of fireworks are responsible for many burn injuries every year, which all could be avoided with proper and safe handling.  Safety should be everyone’s priority, and parents should always supervise juveniles who are using fireworks. The Mt. Juliet Police Department urges residents to be careful, follow safety precautions, and abide by city ordinances during their holiday celebrations.

In Mt. Juliet, it is unlawful to sell or use fireworks in the city limits except from June 20th through July 5th and December 10th through January 2nd. During this holiday season, fireworks cannot be discharged or used between the hours of 10:00PM – 10:00AM. In addition, fireworks cannot be sold or given to any person under the age of 18. It is permissible for juveniles to use fireworks only if a parent is supervising the activity. Failure to comply with Mt. Juliet’s City Code regulating fireworks could result in a $188.00 fine.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks in the hopes that injuries can be greatly reduced:

  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise juveniles if they are using fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

And note these special safety tips, if using sparklers:

  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Never throw sparklers.
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.

Enjoy your time with your friends and loved ones. Everyone at the Mt. Juliet Police Department wishes you a happy and safe Independence Day.

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Race for the Fallen Glow Run to Close Golden Bear Gateway & Clemmons Road Saturday Evening

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A night time family-fun race will close two Mt. Juliet roadways this Saturday, June 13. Starting at 8:00 p.m. and until approximately 10:00 p.m., Golden Bear Gateway will be closed from Mt. Juliet High School to Clemmons Road, and Clemmons Road will be closed from Curd Rd to E. Division St. Police officers will be on-hand to ensure residents can get to and from their homes that are in the closed sections. Through traffic will not be allowed to travel on the closed roadways.

The Race for the Fallen will begin at 8:00 p.m. (or after sunset) on Saturday, June 13, which will require the roads to be closed for the safety of participants. The start and end point for the run will be Mt. Juliet High School. For more information on the Race for the Fallen, those interested, can visit their website at: https://raceforthefallen.com/?page_id=34 .

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Cops, Coffee, Community, And Conversation Continues to be a Success in Mt. Juliet

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police leadership continue to laud the Coffee With a Cop program that has been going strong for two years. To celebrate the 2-year anniversary of the program, the department has planned an ‘Evening Edition’ of Coffee With a Cop on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Traditionally, the event is held on a Friday morning, but many citizens have requested to have a Coffee With a Cop in the evening. After hearing the many requests, the department is going to try it out.

The ‘Evening Edition’ of Coffee With a Cop will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lasaters Coffee, located at 1400 N. Mt. Juliet Road. The public is encouraged to stop by, and enjoy free coffee with cops, provided by Lasaters Coffee.

“This program has gone beyond my expectations, it’s great. At every Coffee With a Cop the community comes out to show their support for us, ask questions, and children even show up dressed as police officers,” Police Chief James Hambrick said. “We also continue to meet and see new faces at each event, which is extremely important to me. I want our community to know who protects them, and this event gives them the opportunity to meet their protectors face-to-face in a relaxed environment.”

The Coffee With a Cop program is a non-traditional way to generate conversation between the police department and community it serves. This event allows the public to interact with police officers, including top Department leadership, in an informal setting to ask questions or address concerns.

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Mt. Juliet Police Car Struck While Officer Working Crash on Interstate 40, In-Car Video Released

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A Mt. Juliet Police vehicle was struck while an officer was tending to a single car crash on Interstate 40. On May 26, 2015 around 1:05 p.m. an officer was on the scene of a single-car hydroplane crash on Interstate 40 East near the 226 mile-marker when his police car was hit by vehicle that hydroplaned.

Prior to the impact, the police vehicle was parked on the right shoulder of the interstate with its blue lights and traffic directional bar activated. A Honda Accord, travelling in the far left lane, hydroplaned, spun-out, hit the left wall, and bounced across to the right shoulder, striking the patrol vehicle. After striking the patrol car, the Accord spun in front of the patrol car. At the time of the crash, the officer was out of the police car and 100 feet ahead, on the right shoulder, tending to the original crash.

The driver and only occupant of the Accord, an adult female, received very minor injuries as a result of the crash and was not transported by ambulance. The officer helped the driver through her driver-side window due to all the doors being inoperable and a large amount of fuel leaking. Thankfully, the officer was unharmed in the incident.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to investigate the crash, which is department policy anytime a Mt. Juliet police vehicle is involved in a crash.

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Crime Suppression Unit Executes Search Warrant in Windtree Trace Neighborhood

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A drug-related search warrant was executed at a home in the Windtree Trace neighborhood this afternoon. On May 26, 2015 around 1:20 p.m., Crime Suppression Unit officers served a search warrant at 678 Whispering Breeze. The search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation related to the sale of illegal drugs. The investigation began after an anonymous person gave investigators information about the home.

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A search of the home revealed over 2 pounds of marijuana, 13 Xanax pills, 2 handguns, and many different drug paraphernalia items. A 17-year-old male juvenile was found in possession of the illegal items. The juvenile was also wearing a holster for a handgun on his person. He is now being held at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Facility until his court appearance.

The juvenile was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Possession of a Schedule IV Drug, and Possession of a Schedule VI Drug with Intent for Resale.

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Mt. Juliet Police to Hold Full-Scale Active Shooter Training Exercise on Tuesday, June 2

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Two Wilson County Schools will be the site of a full-scale active shooter training exercise on Tuesday, June 2 to test how well a host of responders, such as police, emergency management, fire, leadership, and school resources, can work together to handle and recover from such a tragic incident.

Coordinated by Mt. Juliet Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officers, Wilson County Schools, and Mt. Juliet Fire Department will all be participating in the exercise. Prior to this planned exercise, the involved agencies have been participating in workshops and tabletop drills. After the exercise, everyone involved will have an additional workshop to address any shortcomings that are discovered.

The active shooter training exercise will take place on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at an undisclosed building on the campus of Mt. Juliet Middle School and/or Elzie Patton Elementary School. Students will be out of school, so classes will not be affected. Only those involved in the exercise will have access to the areas near Mt. Juliet Middle School and Elzie Patton Elementary School. Woodridge Place will be closed to traffic during the event. Those who live off of Woodridge Place are asked to exit via Curd Road and Golden Bear Gateway.

The risk of having such an incident at a Mt. Juliet school is low, but the training will provide an opportunity for everyone involved to practice their response to be better prepared.

“We hope that we never have to respond to such a tragedy in our community, but if we have to, I want to ensure that our emergency responders have the necessary training so they can provide the best response,” said Police Chief James Hambrick.

Media Partners:

If media wishes to cover this event, please contact Lt. Tyler Chandler at tchandler@mjpd.org for details.

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Police Investigate Rollover Crash in Charlie Daniels Park Parking Lot

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A pick-up truck flipped over in Charlie Daniels Park’s parking lot after a 17-year-old driver drove carelessly, striking another car. On May 22, 2015 around 11:00 a.m., emergency responders were dispatched to a 2-car crash with possible injuries in the parking lot of Charlie Daniels Park (1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway). Upon arrival, a 1990 Ford Ranger pick-up was observed flipped onto its top and a 2001 Ford Taurus with front-driver-side damage.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the Ford Ranger operator, a 17-year-old male, was driving carelessly at a high-rate of speed through the parking lot when the Ranger struck a Ford Taurus as it was turning around in the parking lot. The Ford Taurus was operated by a 17-year-old male. The operator of the Ford Ranger was issued a citation for Careless and Negligent Driving.

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Thankfully, no one was harmed during this incident, which was all captured on surveillance video. This incident should be a reminder that unsafe, careless driving behavior can lead to serious crashes and consequences. As children go out of school for the summer, parents are urged to remind and speak to their children about operating a vehicle safely and responsibly.

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