Five of six people arrested on drug charges in 2012 in LaVergne will appear in Circuit Court for trial on April 23rd. The arrests occurred at 5479 Murfreesboro Rd., Suites 2, 4 and 5.
Police had been working undercover for at least a month and during their investigation made numerous purchases of illegal drugs from Murfreesboro Road locations. During the original search, various amounts of marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills and undisclosed amounts of money were recovered.
Arrested and charged with Possession of Illegal Drugs and Intent to Distribute, Class B and E felonies, were Peggy Hipp, age 46, and 49-year old David Hipp, who reside in Suite 2 and operate Leathers, Goods and More. In Suite 4 police arrested 23-year old Ismael Angel and 21-year old Sondra Angel. Michelle Gunning, age 33, has also been charged with possession and intent to distribute. A sixth suspect was also arrested, but will not appear in court on April 23rd.
“There was evidence that in the future or in the past, they had plans to grow,” said Detective Bob Hayes. A press release WGNS received in September of 2012 stated, “The business may have been a front for selling illegal substances, a location point to sell.”
“We are aggressively seeking out any and all who would make our city an unsafe place to live,” said Police Chief Mike Walker. “We will investigate thoroughly and prosecute to the full extent of the law. If you don’t like it, do it somewhere else because you’re not going to do it in La Vergne.”
Circuit Court Arraignment documents show that Peggy and David Hipp along with Michelle Gunning will also face charges for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
City of LaVergne 2012 Press Release
Rutherford County Circuit Court Arraignment Docket (March 2013)