PICTURED: 160 pounds of weed that two men ‘tried to smuggle in four oversize suitcases’ at Nashville airport
- Trung N. Tieu, 40, and Tihn Van Tran, 56, were arrested in Nashville on Tuesday
- The pair were on layover from California to Jacksonville when they were busted
- Police sniffer dog Boston sussed out 159.5 pounds of marijuana in four suitcases
- Drug stash had been disguised with the ‘strong odor of air freshener’
- Tieu is being held on a federal ICE detainer and is not eligible for release on bond
Police in Tennessee have made a whopping airport drug bust, hauling in 160 pounds of marijuana.
Trung N. Tieu, 40, of Philadelphia and Tihn Van Tran, 56, of Murphy, Texas were arrested on Tuesday night at Nashville International Airport and charged with felony drug possession.
Police say that the two men were on a layover from Oakland, California to Jacksonville, Florida when Metro Nashville police K-9, Boston, alerted them to four pieces of checked luggage.
The luggage was disguised with the ‘strong odor of air freshener’, a police affidavit said, but officers noticed vacuum-seal bags sticking out from the zippers.
Police found dozens of vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana (above) in four oversize suitcases at Nashville International Airport on Tuesday night
Trung N. Tieu, 40, of Philadelphia and Tihn Van Tran, 56, of Murphy, Texas were arrested. Tieu is being held on an ICE detainer and Tran was released with no charges
The name tags on the bags led officers to the suspects, Tieu and Tran.
The two men were brought into the airport’s DEA office, where they agreed to let officers look inside the bags, police said.
Inside the luggage, police found dozens of bags of marijuana, totaling 159.5 pounds.
While police were interviewing the two men, they noted that both had two cell phones ‘that rang constantly,’ according to the arrest affidavit.
Metro Nashville police K-9 Boston (above) alerted officers to the drugs
The Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk’s Office confirmed that Tran and Tieu are both facing charges of felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Tieu is being held in the Davidson County jail and is not eligible for bond due to an ICE detainer.
Detainers are placed on aliens arrested on criminal charges whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe are removable from the U.S.
Tieu was due in court on Thursday morning. It is unclear whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.
Jail records show that Tran was released on bond on Wednesday. His attorney, Dave Kieley, declined to comment when reached by DailyMail.com