Police: Two people arrested in home, found 'indoor marijuana grow operation'

Published: Nov. 26, 2019 at 6:49 PM EST
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Police arrested two people on Friday at a home on Four Mile Hollow Road in the Bryants Store community of Knox County.

There were several complaints of heavy traffic where neighbors were concerned with drug activity.

"Any time we get a drug activity complaint whether it's through the office or our Facebook page, we always tend to check it out," said Knox County Deputy Sheriff, Mikey Ashurst.

During an investigation, officers did a "knock and talk" on homes through the complaint area. This means officers knock on doors and people can choose to talk to police at their doorstep.

That is what led them to the home of 52-year-old Denny King.

"The subject was very conservative to us being there, he actually invited us in the home. But, as soon as we made contact, we got that initial smell of a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the residence," said Ashurst.

Officers found 10 marijuana plants in an "indoor grow operation," a substance they believed to be crystal methamphetamine, several smaller plastic bags, a digital scale and syringes.

Police say it is helpful especially in winter months to have tips like these come in to help cut down on crimes involving marijuana.

"It's just like any farmer or anybody that crops when it starts getting cold outside, you can't grow plants outside they tend to bring it in. So really, if you're not looking for it you're probably not going to find it," said Ashurst.

King was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cultivation of 5 or more marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia.

22-year-old Brittany Cox of Bryants Store was found inside the home and was arrested on a Knox County Circuit Court bench warrant.

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