Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Butt Wound Leads Detectives to 40-pound Coke Seizure

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 5:40 AM

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A quarter million and the sad sack who caught one in the back

It all began when Xavier Gray, 30, limped over to a house on Ezell Pike near the airport and banged on the door. He'd been shot, rather ingloriously, in the ass.

After being transported to the hospital, his story about getting robbed at a nearby car wash began to unravel. He finally told investigators that three individuals approached him when he stepped out of a house he was staying at on Ezell Pike. They demanded money and drugs. Gray was led behind the house in a wooded area, where they threatened to kill him. He fled and was shot in the backside.

When a south precinct detective went to his house, they found an SUV out back with the doors wide open. When he peeked in through the windows, he saw the probable cause he needed: That would be 40 pounds of cocaine--mostly uncut brick--plus $250,000 in cash, money counting machines, vacuum sealers and, for good measure, four flat screen TVs and a hot tub. Gray had led police directly to a local distribution center and cook house.

The origin of the uncut coke hasn't been determined yet. And registering no surprise here, Gray has priors for cocaine, gun possession and auto theft. Though he steadfastly proclaimed he didn't live at the house, detectives engaged in a little deduction when they found his mail there.

This is a pretty big bust for Nashville, but not the biggest. The last major intercept occurred at the airport in January when a small aircraft in a big storm was forced to land. The plane had been exhibiting a rather goofy flight pattern on approach, so authorities took a closer look at what it was carrying--154 pounds of coke. Police believe these drugs weren't destined for Nashvillian noses or crack pipes.

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