28 Pounds of Weed Seized in Nashville Traffic Stop

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In nearby Nashville, 28 pounds of marijuana was seized during a traffic stop.

A vehicle stop Monday afternoon on Boscobel Street for a driver not wearing his seatbelt, resulted in the seizure of more than 28 pounds of marijuana, six guns (one reported stolen), and $23,230 cash.

Convicted felon Dhargham Ateia, 26, was driving a 2017 Nissan Altima rental car when he was stopped by Officer Chris Alsup. A strong odor of marijuana was detected inside the Altima. Seized during a subsequent search of the car were two handguns, a small bag of marijuana, and $1,150 cash. Ateia was also in possession of a key fob to a white Mercedes Benz that was seen traveling in front of the rental car. Further investigation by Officer Alsup, Sergeant Marty Reed, and Officer Robert Goodwin led to the identification of Carla Flores, 25, who had exited the Mercedes and entered a nearby residence. She agreed to a consent search of the Mercedes. Seized from the Mercedes were four more guns, a duffel bag containing large clear plastic bags that contained approximately 27 pounds of marijuana, and $22,080 cash.

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Ateia and Flores told officers they recently rented an "Airbnb" in the 800 block of Boscobel Street and were planning to live there. Airbnb is a company that allows people to rent their homes out for a single night or longer.

The two are both charged with felony marijuana possession, gun possession during the commission of a drug offense, and theft. Flores and Ateia, who has previous convictions for drug possession and aggravated burglary, are being held in lieu of $75,000 bond each.

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