Knoxville man arrested for buying stolen meat in exchange for drugs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A Knoxville man was arrested Wednesday morning on charges be bought stolen meat in exchange for drugs.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says Sammie Watson, 65, was taken into custody around 9 a.m. after an investigation by the KCSO Organized Retail Crime Division and the KCSO Narcotics Division.

During a search of Watson's home on Rennoc Road, deputies found what appears to be crack cocaine, Opana pills and oxycodone pills.

Watson is charged with possession of a firearm with intent to go armed and two counts of sale and delivery of schedule II. Deputies say he is a convicted felon on parole and has a criminal history that includes shoplifting, leaving the scene of an accident, drug possession, parole violations, larceny, and stolen property.

“This is extraordinary work done by dedicated members of this team who understand our mission. The safety of our citizens is top priority, and because of that, ridding our community of drugs is top priority. We are not going to quit investigating these types of crimes," said Chief Deputy Lee Tramel.

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