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'Drug Den' Raided, Shut Down after Overdoses

A Beaumont area home deemed a "drug den" by authorities after two overdoses there last year has been boarded shut following a multi-agency raid.

Members of Knox County's Drug Related Death Task Force served a temporary injunction and nuisance petition against the residents at 919 Virginia Ave. on Wednesday.

Knoxville police officers responded to drug overdoses at the home in March and May 2017, according to the nuisance petition signed by Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee. Both victims survived.

In December, police received separate reports of an assault and a kidnapping at the residence within 24 hours of each other. Responding officers located the alleged kidnapping victim in the house as well as multiple handguns, a shotgun, body armor, methamphetamine, LSD, Ecstasy, marijuana, digital scales and multiple security cameras, the petition states.

"In sum, the residence is a dangerous mix of guns, violence, convicted felons, drug distribution and overdoses," according to the petition.

The home's residents - identified in the injunction as Stefan Dowlen, Jesus Gonzalez and Charles Edward Dewees - are ordered to appear in McGee's court Jan. 31.

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