Heroin ring with Antioch connections taken down

Victor Cardoza-Martinez

Victor Cardoza-Martinez

Today, a South Nashville heroin ring with Antioch connections was broken up after months of work by Special Investigation Division narcotics detectives.

The heroin distribution group, with ties to Honduras, was led by 24-year-old Victor Cardoza-Martinez, a convicted felon who had previously been deported from the United States.

Cardoz-Martinez was arrested today at 5319 Nolensville Pike, Apartment D-107. He is charged with engaging in a heroin distribution conspiracy and three counts of selling methamphetamine. His bond was set at $300,000.

In Antioch, Walter Chincilla, 21, and Ruby Perez, 23, both of 885 Irma Drive, were arrested and charged with engaging in a heroin distribution conspiracy. Both had bonds set at $150,000.

Also arrested were:

  •  Juan Bonilla, 30, of 331 Wallace Road, who is charged with engaging in a heroin distribution conspiracy.  His bond is set at $150,000.•    Josselyn Caceres-Barahona, 22, of 365 Paragon Mills Road, who is charged with possessing cocaine for resale.

    •    Carlos Ochoa, 26, of 4404 Tennessee Avenue, who is charged with possessing cocaine for resale, evading arrest, leaving the scene of a crash, and driving without a license.

This investigation began in mid-2015 after the police department received information that this group was distributing heroin and methamphetamine in the South Nashville area.  Extensive surveillance was conducted and multiple undercover buys were made from the group.

At the 365 Paragon Mills apartment location, Carlos Ochoa, 26, was pulling out in a 2009 Infiniti sedan as officers arrived.  Ochoa quickly accelerated, crossed the street and crashed the Infiniti into a tree line.  Ochoa kicked his way out of the vehicle and fled on foot.  Officers arrested him minutes later on Tampa Drive.  Cocaine packaged for resale was recovered from the vehicle wreckage.

Additionally, Fredy Reyes, 20, of Bridgeway Circle (not yet in custody), is named in an outstanding warrant charging that engaged in a cocaine conspiracy.

The Specialized Investigations Division continues to make heroin interdiction a priority, fully realizing that heroin abuse is both a law enforcement issue and a public health threat.  Heroin overdoses and deaths are significant concerns in cities across America, large and small, Nashville included.