Gallatin police arrest man previously convicted on federal drug, gun charges

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Undercover agents and FLEX team officers from the Gallatin Police Department made a significant arrest last week of taking stolen weapons, drugs and fentanyl from the streets of the area.

But the bust also raised more questions about why a convicted federal prisoner was out of jail in the first place.

Gallatin’s arrest occurred on November 18 at an apartment complex on South Westland Avenue. There the officers found Terrence Devol London.

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The 31-year-old is a convicted federal criminal previously arrested in Nashville on stolen weapons and drug charges.

According to police, officers walked into the apartment complex on November 18 after London’s girlfriend and mother of his children, Larryn Ashley Owens, called the police.

The 28-year-old woman told officers her 31-year-old boyfriend was at the apartment and that he had previously had domestic violence arrest warrants.

“As they were getting the topic, they smelled the strong smell of marijuana in the apartment,” said Lt. Lamar Ballard.

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Investigators received a search warrant and found contraband, including two stolen small arms from Nashville.

Drug investigators also found marijuana, cocaine, and a white substance that tested positive for fentanyl. The officers confiscated more than $ 7,000 in cash.

In the end, both London and Owens were arrested for drugs and stolen weapons.

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Police say they have evidence that Owens was also involved in the drug operation.

“Correct. Both went to jail,” said Lt. Ballard. “There’s no doubt she was into drug sales too.”

News 2 looked at Terrence London. He was reportedly arrested in 2017 in Nashville as a convicted Alabama felon.

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According to the January 2017 report, MNPD investigators were conducting a surveillance operation in London, then 27 years old. The officers found drugs and an assault rifle in his possession.

The report shows that a further search of the detectives found a total of ten firearms. Four of the weapons were stolen. The firearms stolen were a Smith and Wesson M&P, Century Arms AK47, Glock 19 and Glock 17.

Police also searched London’s vehicle and found a bag containing 21 grams of cocaine, 8 grams of rock and powder heroin, 12 grams of marijuana, eight loose painkillers and 0.83 grams of black tar heroin.

The 2017 report states that London is a convicted Alabama felon previously charged with first degree robbery, evading the police and drug trafficking in that state.

According to federal court documents, London was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison on the charges.

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According to Sumner County court documents, London was liberated in April 2021.

Court records show he was reportedly arrested the day after his release for allegedly beating Owens for domestic violence.

The question is, why was London’s status not revoked after he was arrested again on domestic violence charges?

“We are surprised he is in Gallatin when he should be in federal prison,” said Lt. Ballard. “We have no idea, he’s not from Gallatin. We don’t know what he’s doing in Gallatin. He brings narcotics and stolen weapons from the subway. “

News 2 named the United States’ Probation and Pre-Trial Services for the Middle District of Tennessee. We left a message for the agency’s boss, Vidette Putman, who returned the call and said the agency would not comment on the case.

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Terrence London is currently in jail on a $ 445,000 loan. Larryn Owens’ bond issue is $ 325,000.

Gallatin Police say US Marshals arrested Terrence London in an attempt to arrest him again and put him back under the federal system.

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