From Post staff reports
A major drug and gang operation was concluded and closed this week, said Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe and Lebanon Commissioner of Safety Billy Weeks, and two persons, brothers, were arrested.
Brothers Marlon and James Waters were arrested on narcotics related charges stemming from four search warrants executed by the Lebanon Police and Wilson County Sheriff’s Departments.
A news release from Ashe and Weeks said that for the past year, the LPD and WCSD have been flooded with complaints from local residents and business owners concerning alleged narcotics trafficking occurring at the apartments located behind the car wash at 419 East Main Street in Lebanon.
The search warrants were executed at the 419 East Main Street address, at 222A Sycamore Street, 218 Cedar Street and 1319 Wrightford Drive, all in Lebanon.
Authorities reportedly confiscated more than 5 ounces of crack cocaine, numerous firearms to include a Tech-9 assault weapon, seized five vehicles, eight “very expensive” flat screen televisions, more than $20,000 in currency and numerous other items of personal property.
The release also said that the two brothers were reportedly known members of a local street gang in Lebanon and helped finance the gang’s activities through narcotics trafficking. The release added that numerous gang-related documents were also seized by agents.
In recent weeks, a new created Joint Federal and Local Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force comprised of the FBI, LPD and WCSD have been working together arrest those suspected of committing serious crimes and gang-related offenses.
“Other investigations are continuing to develop through joint efforts of the Task Force. Both of us are extremely proud of the combined efforts of the investigators from all agencies involved,” Ashe and Weeks said in the release.