5 people accused of engaging organized crime in Knox County

Published: Jun. 6, 2019 at 2:25 PM EDT
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Update: June 10, 2019

The five people police say engaged in organized crime will appear back in court Tuesday, June 18.

Police arrested Michael Buchanan, Cody Abner, Jimmy Davis, Betsy Cecil and April Collins last week.

They found the group with meth and numerous stolen guns.

All five pleaded not guilty Monday morning.

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Officers at the Barbourville Police Department say 5 people were arrested in the Gray community of Knox County, after tips were given to them, about possible stolen guns and trafficking of methamphetamine.

On Wednesday around 2:30 a.m. police from the Barbourville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office followed the tips to Emmanuel Hollow Rd.

"When we first pulled up to the residence, there was Michael Buchanan standing on the front porch, says Karl Middleton, Barbourville City Police Patrolman.

Middleton says Buchanan then left the front door open and went inside. Shortly after, police say Jimmy Davis ran up an embankment where police found him laying on the ground, at the top. Officers from the Knox County Sheriff's Office assisted and also found Betsy Cecil also ran outside and was found behind the trailer.

After getting consent to enter the residence upon arrival, police say they found the guns, drug paraphernalia in plain sight, methamphetamine, suboxone, cash, and several other drugs.

Also upon entrance, police say two ran out of the house. Police say Betsy Cecil was located behind the building and Jimmy Davis was found laying down on a nearby embankment.

Police say Michael Buchanan, Jimmy Davis, Betsy Cecil, April Collins and Cody Abner we’re all arrested in engaging in organized crime, among many other charges.

All five charged are being held at the Knox County Detention Center.

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