West Nashville man charged with selling books of deadly narcotics to homeless people

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – A six-month investigation by Metro Police and Brentwood Police has resulted in a man behind bars.

The man is now accused of selling life-threatening drugs to dozens of homeless people.

Narcotics investigators say Randall Merryman operated and lived in three motel rooms in a Charlotte Pike motel.

Investigators said the 41-year-old allegedly sold hard narcotics to people living in the homeless camp just beyond the motel.

Metro detectives told News 2 they had followed the West Nashville man for almost six months, who allegedly set up his business in the back of the motel to help hide his clandestine drug operation.

“His customers were in this neighborhood. This is perfect for drug traffickers. They don’t have to travel far; they can avoid detection by detectives and agents in the area. Their business is right on their doorstep, ”detectives said.

When agents arrested Merryman, they hit the jackpot and seized over $ 23,000 in cash, 34 guns,
2,600 cartridges and almost a pound of heroin containing methamphetamine and fentanyl.

A Metro pharmaceutical agent who worked on the case told News 2: “This individual sold several pounds of narcotics on a weekly basis, all of which contained fentanyl.”

According to drug investigators, the West Nashville man sold these potentially deadly drugs to 20 to 30 homeless people every day.

“Typically, what we see, these people don’t have any money. They don’t have a home so they steal and commit vehicle break-ins to get the money to get the drugs, ”investigators said.

News 2 interviewed a couple who know Randall Merryman and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The man claimed he had rented a place in Merryman to live for several months and told News 2 he had never seen any signs of what Merryman is accused of, but his arrest does not surprise him.

When asked what he would say to his former tenant, the man replied, “I hope you are not the reason someone died.”

The woman claimed Merryman helped her family in times of need, giving them $ 500 for herself and her children after a death in her family.

“I know he’s a good person. He has a good heart; I’ve never seen him hurt anyone, ”she said.

Officers told News 2 that Merryman was dangerous and preyed on people.

“He exploited their weakness and took advantage of it for his own gain,” they said.

Merryman is in jail for drug trafficking, but officers say he is also under investigation for several overdose deaths in the metro Nashville area and surrounding counties.

Metro police are urging anyone seeking drug treatment to call CORT, the Community Overdose Response Team. This is a free, confidential resource to help people addicted to drugs and alcohol get help. The number is 615-687-1701.

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