Police seize crack cocaine, guns from alleged drug dealer

Police seize crack cocaine, guns from alleged drug dealer

Rodney Harris (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Rodney Harris (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A man was arrested Tuesday in North Knoxville after Knoxville police found crack cocaine, guns and cash in his home and car.

Rodney Harris, 40, was arrested in a vehicle in front of his home on E. Churchwell Avenue.

Harris had been the subject of a police investigation into a possible crack cocaine dealing business.

When Harris was taken into custody, a .45 caliber handgun was found on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Officers also found approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine, a Smith and Wesson handgun and more than $3,000 in cash inside the E. Churchwell home.

After investigating further, officers determined that a neighboring home may also have been used by Harris.

A second search warrant turned up an additional .45 caliber handgun.

According to a police report, while Harris was in custody he repeatedly made threats, specifically towards the officers, stating that he was going to go on a "rampage" when he got out of jail.

Harris was charged with multiple state charges including violating a drug-free school zone for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine within a 1000 feet of a daycare and possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felon. 

In addition, a hold was placed on Harris for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, as Federal charges will be sought for Harris on a felon in possession of a firearm charge.

Harris is being held on a $106,500 bond for the state charges.

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