Knoxville house boarded up after cocaine ring bust

Knoxville house boarded up after cocaine ring bust

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Douglas Randall (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Douglas Randall (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Lisa Roberts (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Lisa Roberts (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Melissa Roberts (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Melissa Roberts (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Garner (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Robert Garner (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
David Douglas (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) David Douglas (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A house in Lonsdale was the scene Wednesday of a busted cocaine ring, a nuisance injunction and five arrests.

Police say their investigation at 923 Ohio Avenue began after community members made numerous complaints about suspected drug activity.

Members of the Repeat Offender Squad made purchases of crack cocaine from the house and say it was also being used to cook powder cocaine into crack for distribution in the community.

"We would watch vehicles and people come into the house. They'd go in for a couple of minutes, and come back out. When we'd do traffic stops on the vehicles, they'd have drugs that were purchased from the residence," said KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.

Police say people in the house were getting ready to cook powder cocaine into crack as officers began their search.

The officers seized 38 grams of powder cocaine and numerous items used to make and distribute crack cocaine.

The arrested suspects and their charges are:

  • Douglas Randall, 52 - charged with manufacturing/distributing crack cocaine and possession of a firearm during a felony
  • Lisa Roberts, 44 - charged with manufacturing/distributing crack cocaine
  • Melissa Roberts, 40 - charged with possession of cocaine for resale
  • Robert Garner, 64 - a registered Tennessee sex offender - charged with possession of cocaine for resale
  • David Douglas, 38 - charged with sale and delivery of cocaine - He served a prison sentence for second degree murder.

The landlord says he rented the house to Garner, who he describes as a disabled veteran

Officers recovered two handguns from the house and seized a 2003 Dodge Truck.

"I knew they were raiding and I was happy," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified, about her relief that the place had been shut down.

The Knox County District Attorney General's Office served the occupants with a temporary nuisance injunction and the house was boarded up.

 

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