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Detectives raid MJ home, seize heroin

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Floyd Bagsby

After a multi-jurisdiction, months-long undercover investigation, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet police special units raided a Mt. Juliet home and arrested two men on drug charges Tuesday.

The raid went down around 2:15 p.m. at a residence located at 1323 Old Lebanon Dirt Road, according to Mt. Juliet Police. Armed with a search warrant, members of the Lebanon Police SWAT team and Mt. Juliet Police's Crime Suppression Unit and Special Response Team arrived at the house to execute the search warrant. When the tactical teams attempted to enter the structures on the property they used two "distraction" devices when they were told someone might be armed inside. They closed down OLDR during the raid and the city's text alert system later informed residents in the area that's what the commotion was.

Detectives charged Jeremy Gilchrist, 36, of Mt. Juliet, with Possession With Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Drug (heroin) and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Floyd Shane Bagsby, 31, of Nashville, with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, according to MJPD Lt. Tyler Chandler.

He said detectives seized heroin and other substances to be analyzed, syringes, a glass pipe, scales, plastic baggies, ammo, and a shotgun.

The investigation that resulted in Tuesday's raid began several months ago with reports drugs were being sold from this home. The investigation was by Mt. Juliet detectives, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Metro-Nashville Police (Hermitage division). Chandler said it became evident to detectives that heroin and methamphetamine were sold from the property, as well as felony amounts of Schedule I and II drugs distributed.

"We will not stand for an illegal drug distribution operation to be successful in our wonderful community," MJPD Chief James Hambrick said late Tuesday. "Today was a result of citizens caring about the safety of their community, putting faith into our department to properly investigate, and providing information to detectives so they could be successful in their efforts to stop the distribution of illegal drugs. Many agencies worked together in this effort, and our department appreciates their support."

The investigation is ongoing.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at laurieeverett1@gmail.com

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