DEA makes major drug bust at Knoxville dance club

DEA makes major drug bust at Knoxville dance club

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By ANN KEIL
6 News Reporter

SOUTH KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Los Arcos Dance Club and Billiards, on Chapman Highway, is closed after federal authorities raided the business and found a massive amount of marijuana and cocaine.

DEA agents raided the dance club following a six month investigation.

In total, the U.S. Attorney's Office says authorities seized 3.5 tons of marijuana and 83 kilograms of cocaine.

"I would have never thought in a million years," says Ron Arnold, manager of Express Cash, a business on one side of Los Arcos. 

"We had an idea that something is going on over there. There had to be, but we had no idea they were trafficking," says John Bevis, who runs the Disc Exchange, on the other side of the dance club.

Bevis says the business was open limited hours, but he knew nothing until his employees spotted authorities in their parking lot Sunday morning.

"They were describing a bunch of DEA agents and undercover police all out there, people in handcuffs and whatnot," Bevis says.

A dozen people were arrested. One is the owner of the dance club, Miguel Medina Martinez. Another is his brother, Jose Medina.

Neighboring business managers also tell 6 News they're relieved to know arrests have been made and the doors of Los Arcos have been locked.

The U.S. Attorney's office says confidential sources, along with wiretap evidence, led them to the dance club.

Court documents reveal a lot of money was taken off Martinez when arrested. He and others who were arrested also face money laundering charges.

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