Knoxville woman charged with selling crack cocaine

Knoxville woman charged with selling crack cocaine

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Police said they received dozens of complaints from the community and were able to purchase crack from the house during an undercover investigation. Police said they received dozens of complaints from the community and were able to purchase crack from the house during an undercover investigation.
The house is also located close to Caswell Park. The house is also located close to Caswell Park.
"Everybody around here has been concerned about that house. I'm glad," said neighbor David Hurst, who lives just a few houses down. "Everybody around here has been concerned about that house. I'm glad," said neighbor David Hurst, who lives just a few houses down.
Angela Smith (Source: KCSO) Angela Smith (Source: KCSO)

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Residents of one Knoxville neighborhood are breathing a sigh of relief, after Knoxville police busted a woman for selling cocaine at a house where neighbors say criminal activity has been a problem for a long time.

KPD served a search warrant at the Woodbine Avenue home late Monday night, in the Park Ridge Neighborhood of East Knoxville.

Police said they received dozens of complaints from the community and were able to purchase crack from the house during an undercover investigation.

That's when they obtained the warrant.

Inside the house, KPD found several rocks of crack cocaine ready for sale.

Suspect Angela Smith has now been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and because the house sits directly across from Caswell Park, she's charged under the Drug Free School Zone law with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.

People who live along Woodbine say they been waiting for this bust a long time.

"Everybody around here has been concerned about that house. I'm glad. Everybody here has kept an eye on it. We knew something was going on, but we didn't know exactly what," said neighbor David Hurst, who lives just a few houses down.

Police say the house was also the scene of a home invasion in May that ended in gunfire, leaving neighbors with small children afraid to let them go outside.

"I woke up at five in the morning and heard gunshots," said Hurst.

Other Park Ridge residents say the community here has vastly improved lately, and they've been doing their part to help.

They actively participate in neighborhood watch, reporting anything suspicious they see in the area, helping get rid of a lot of crime on their own streets, as they did in this case.

Hurst says he and other residents think this latest crackdown on crime will help them clean up the place they call home even more.

"We're hoping it improves," said Hurst.

Smith's bond has been set at $40,500. She also faces charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault from a separate incident.

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