Suspects caught in North Knoxville after trying to flee officers

Suspects caught in North Knoxville after trying to flee officers during drug bust

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Kameron Mills (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Kameron Mills (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Dametrius Thomas (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Dametrius Thomas (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Christyna Golden (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Christyna Golden (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Stephanie Holmes (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Stephanie Holmes (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Lawrence Huling (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Lawrence Huling (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Five people were arrested in North Knoxville Thursday afternoon after trying to flee police who were investigating reports of drug traffic.

Police say they executed a search warrant at 123 E. Springdale Avenue Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. after an investigation by the Repeat Offender Squad.

Police had received multiple complains from neighbors of drug traffic from the residence, and an investigation revealed a marijuana selling operation.

When officers tried to serve the search warrant, two men ran from the front porch, throwing down backpacks they had grabbed before running.

Once officers made it inside the home, another person jumped out a window.

Two suspects who ran from the home were caught: Kameron Mills, 18, and Dametrius Thomas, 20. Mills is charged with simple possession and evading arrest. Thomas is charged with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and evading arrest.

Both backpacks contained marijuana and one also concealed a handgun.

During the search for the suspects, witnesses told officers that one of the suspects had jumped into the back of a vehicle. The vehicle was later found abandoned in the parking garage at Tennova Hospital.

Three people who had been inside the vehicle were later located.

Christyna Golden, 24, was charged with evading arrest. She also had outstanding warrants for aggravated burglary and felony theft.

Stephanie Holmes, 26, was charged with filing false reports, and Lawrence Huling, 36, was charged with evading arrest. Huling had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

Inside the home on Springdale, officers discovered 19 ounces of marijuana, multiple boxes of ammunition, counterfeit money, a flat screen TV possibly taken in a recent home burglary, and other electronics.  

Charges are also expected against another person who was recently released from federal prison.

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