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Five Persons Charged in Drug Conspiracy Case; Marijuana, Cocaine & Meth Seized

5/20/2014

May 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A two-month investigation into the trafficking of cocaine, marijuana and meth from Mexico and Texas into Nashville has resulted in the arrest of five persons and the seizure of 230 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of cocaine, more than 2 pounds of meth and $110,742 cash.
         
Facing felony drug charges are Josue Santo Diaz, 34, of Hickory Hollow Parkway in Antioch, Stephanie Andrea Diaz, 24, of Apache Trail in Antioch, Miguel Cortez, 36, of Paragon Mills Road in Nashville, and Juan Laturneri, 47, of Apache Trail in Antioch.  A fifth defendant, Maria D. Combs, 40, is jailed in Humphreys County on a charge of money laundering.  She is also wanted in Nashville for engaging in a drug conspiracy. 
         
The work of Specialized Investigations Division narcotics detectives and DEA agents led to the discovery of an apparent stash house at 5135 Hickory Hollow Parkway, from which controlled substances were being distributed to the streets of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.  A search warrant was executed at the residence last Friday after detectives and agents saw Cortez, who arrived from Texas that morning, transfer what appeared to be cocaine to Josue Diaz.
         
As officers arrived to execute the search warrant, Stephanie Diaz was leaving with a quantity of crystal meth and a large amount of cash.  Josue Diaz ran out the back door and was found hiding in the woods.   Cortez was stopped a short distance away after meeting with Josue Diaz.
         
Combs, who is alleged to have been couriering cash to Texas/Mexico on behalf of Josue Diaz, was stopped as she traveled through Humphreys County.  Inside her luggage was a large amount of cash hidden in shampoo bottles and coffee cans.
         
Laturneri, who is alleged to have been a cocaine distributor linked to this group, was stopped and arrested on May 7th with three ounces of cocaine.

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Josue Santo DiazStephanie Andrea DiazMiguel CortezJuan LaturneriMaria D. Combs11 pounds of cocaine230 pounds of marijuanaVarious items seized during the arrest on Hickory Hollow Parkway