Knoxville house boarded up after complaints of drug activity

Knoxville house boarded up after complaints of rampant drug activity

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More than 15 Knoxville police officers served a petition for public nuisance of ongoing drug dealing just after 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the home on Cedarwood Street. More than 15 Knoxville police officers served a petition for public nuisance of ongoing drug dealing just after 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the home on Cedarwood Street.
"KPD had been talking to us about drug sales at this house, and how it had been terrorizing the neighborhood and these people that live on this quiet street," explained Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Welch. "KPD had been talking to us about drug sales at this house, and how it had been terrorizing the neighborhood and these people that live on this quiet street," explained Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Welch.
Jeannie Grubb (source: Knox County Sherffi's Office) Jeannie Grubb (source: Knox County Sherffi's Office)

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – City and county officials boarded up an East Knoxville home Tuesday. The action came after neighbors complained for two years about rampant drug activity at the home.

More than 15 Knoxville police officers served a petition for public nuisance of ongoing drug dealing just after 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the home on Cedarwood Street.

Neighbors say their neighborhood quiet, but at all hours of the day and night cars would drive down the street and visit the home.

In the court petition filed Tuesday to order the closing, the district attorney called the home "a haven for criminal activity" and "saturated with illegal drug sales."

The homeowner, Jeannie Grubb, was arrested on drug charges and possession of narcotics for resale.

"KPD had been talking to us about drug sales at this house, and how it had been terrorizing the neighborhood and these people that live on this quiet street," explained Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Welch.

When officers swarmed the house, two others were arrested, along with the Grubb. One was charged with resisting arrest.

Neighbors say they have been waiting for this day.

"It's a quiet street, a lot of times the children couldn't play outside because of the heavy traffic coming to this residence, people seeking to buy pills," Welch said.

The petition to declare the house a public nuisance says "neighbors have begged for help, saying that they even have to wait in line to pull in to their own driveways on this dead end street because of the volume of traffic going to [the house]."

Knoxville police say they first approached the owner in 2011 and then again last year, threatening to file a nuisance injunction. 

"When nothing changed that's exactly what happened. We have multiple drugs buys from this house, from the property owner, and as a result of that we sought and received this injunction," Welch said.

In the last week undercover agents purchased morphine and oxycodone from Grubb, who Welch said has a record.

"They've been working on it for some time and it all came together recently," Welch said.

With boards on the doors and windows and signs warning of no trespassing, the assistant district attorney says she hopes the action will put an end to a haven of criminal activity.

"This at least gives neighbors some peace," Welch said.

In the petition the DA says Grubb admitted that her residence was used for selling narcotics and admitted the activity caused problems for her neighbors.

She is barred from her residence until a court hearing on June 3, where a judge will determine what happens to the house.

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