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Tennessee police clamping down on I-75 drug pipeline

Police in Tennessee have reported that four men were taken into custody on March 20 are suspected of using Interstate 75 to transport drugs from Michigan to Florida. The arrests were made following a search of an East Knoxville residence and are the result of an investigation that began six months ago according to reports. The four men, who are all Michigan residents, are facing a range of narcotics and weapons charges.

According to reports, one of the men taken into custody attempted to flee the Burns Avenue home by jumping out of a second-floor window when deputies from the Knox County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division arrived to search the premises. The man suffered only minor injuries and was transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital. Initial accounts did not indicate what led police to believe that the property was being used to store and transport drugs.

Deputies say that the search led to the discovery of about $80,000 in cash and narcotics worth approximately $100,000. The seized drugs are said to have included 80 grams of marijuana, oxymorphone and morphine tablets and more than 1,000 Oxycontin pills. Several firearms were also recovered according to reports. The narcotics team that carried out the search has been focusing on the Interstate 75 drug pipeline in recent months and has served 16 search warrants since October 2018.

Cases involving drug charges frequently hinge on the admissibility of evidence recovered during searches, and experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to have narcotics charges dismissed when rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment may have been violated. When a search warrant was issued, defense attorneys may read it carefully to ensure that law enforcement did not stray beyond strict boundaries established by the judge who signed it.

Source: WATE Knoxville, "Deputies seize $80k cash, hundreds of pills in drug bust", Marshall Stephens, March 20, 2018

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