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Federal Drug Trafficking Complaint Follows Seizure of Thirty-two Kilograms of Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee
Cocaine Seized Following Traffic Stop in Spring Hill, Tennessee

NASHVILLE – A joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of three individuals for possessing with intent to distribute approximately 32 kilograms of cocaine in Spring Hill, Tennessee, announced United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis.

The complaint charges Karla Lissette Hernandez, 41, Karla L. Ayala Hernandez, 18, and Ronald Giovanni Flores, 37, all from Houston, Texas, with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

On January 17, 2024, the three were travelling in a truck which a Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy determined was speeding and following another vehicle too closely in snowy and icy conditions. None of the occupants had a valid driver’s license. A K9 indicated the possible presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the recovery of 32 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in black electrical tape, 30 of which were concealed inside the door panels of the truck.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel M. Stephens is prosecuting the case.

A Criminal Complaint is merely an allegation. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Mark H. Wildasin

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

(615) 736-2079

Updated January 29, 2024

Drug Trafficking