317 Pounds of Cocaine Intercepted in Knoxville, by Knoxville Police Department - TN
317 Pounds of Cocaine Intercepted in Knoxville
On Thursday, June 6, 2019, KPD Criminal Interdiction Officer Jimmy Wilson responded to a west Knoxville business to investigate a suspicious package called in by the management. Upon arrival Officer Wilson requested the assistance of KPD K-9 Officer John Martin and his partner Beny. K-9 Beny conducted a sniff of the packages, positively alerting to the odor of narcotics.
A subsequent search of the packages revealed 144 kilos (317.4 pounds) of powder cocaine, with an estimated street value of $4.32 million dollars.
We always encourage others to report suspicious behavior or packages to authorities and that’s exactly what the business did in this instance. Officers do not believe that the business who alerted law enforcement are in any way related to the narcotics, therefore the name of the business respectfully remains anonymous.
We are actively working with our law enforcement partners with the THP Interdiction Plus Taskforce and the DEA as this investigation continues.