Tip Responsible for Nashville Weapons Find

UPDATED: 31 January 2006: The traffic stop of a SUV occupied by a couple in their 20s and a 2 month-old child on I-40 in downtown Nashville yesterday was the result of a tip called in to authorities. As reported, officials found four weapons, including a Mac-10 semiautomatic pistol, a sawed-off shotgun, a revolver, an assault rifle, two bullet-proof vests and an explosive device inside of their vehicle. Authorities closed down a portion of the busy eight-lane Interstate yesterday while they detonated the explosives and removed the weapons.

The yet-unidentified suspects were alleged to have been selling weapons at J C Napier Homes – a public housing complex in the Hermitage precinct. Surveillance of the suspects conducted by authorities verified the tip, finding the vehicle to be in the public housing complex and engaged in activities consistent with the information provided about the sales of weapons.

The explosive device was ultimately determined to be an improvised artillery shell.

The Northeast Intelligence Network continues to investigate.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Vehicle Stop in Nashville Nets Cache of Weapons

30 January 2006: Police officials closed eight lanes of Interstate 24/40 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee today after stopping a sport utility vehicle and finding various firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun, an AK-47 and a package that was suspected as being an explosive. Body armor was also found inside the vehicle.

According to open-source reports, police stopped the vehicle at approximately 2:00 p.m. today for failure to signal a lane change. Upon finding the weapons inside the vehicle, police arrested an unidentified adult male and female and took a young child into protective custody. Their identities have not yet been released.

Police later detonated the suspicious device, and opened all lanes to traffic at 3:15 p.m. without further incident.