MURFREESBORO, TN — A massive bust of two clandestine pill labs resulted in the seizure of more than $1 million worth of illegal narcotics, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives seized more than 58,000 Xanax pills and one pound of pure alprazolam powder – enough to make 200,000 doses of Xanax – during raids on two Rutherford County locations, the sheriff’s department announced in a press release. Each pill would sell for about $5.
The pills were not made in pharmaceutical labs, but instead produced through illicit means.
The seizures come after a months-long investigation when a U.S. Postal inspector tipped off narcotics detective about suspicious packages being shipped from Murfreesboro, the department said.
Joseph Davis, 25, and Erica Dotson, 29, were the people mailing those packages, detectives say.
Davis and Dotson were arrested and charged with felony possession of schedule IV drugs, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Davis is also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Both are likely to face additional charges.
Photos via Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department