3 arrested for selling fentanyl-laced cocaine in downtown Nashville

An undercover narcotics operation in the downtown Nashville area Friday night led to the arrests of three men involved in the sale of cocaine laced with fentanyl.

Metro Nashville police said the investigation led by Specialized Investigations Division detectives led to the arrested of Khalil D. Smith, 26, Nesean Thompson, 22, and Michael E. Terry, 26. Police added that Smith was previously convicted of felony aggravated assault in 2020 and is prohibited from possessing a gun by state and federal law.

During the operation Friday evening, Investigators said Terry made contact with undercover detectives near Hall of Fame Park and said he could get cocaine. He then made a telephone call to have the cocaine delivered.

A short time later, Smith and Thompson arrived with three grams of a white powder sold to the undercover detective for $200.

Police said as officers moved in to make the arrests, Smith and Thompson attempted to run away but were quickly apprehended. Terry was taken into custody as he tried to walk away in a different direction.

Detectives recovered two bags of white powder weighing eleven grams that tested positive for fentanyl, one bag of white rocks that tested positive for cocaine, 23 Xanax bars, and 21 grams of marijuana from Smith. Authorities added that the three grams of powder sold to the undercover detective tested positive for fentanyl.

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