Knox County home investigated for drug activity

Four arrested in county-wide drug bust

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A number of officers including Knox County sheriff's deputies and SWAT teams served a search warrant at a home on Lester Road in South Knox County Wednesday. A number of officers including Knox County sheriff's deputies and SWAT teams served a search warrant at a home on Lester Road in South Knox County Wednesday.
Jaqwan Nevels, Willie Paine, Travis Clark and William Clark were all taken into custody and are now facing drug and weapon charges. Jaqwan Nevels, Willie Paine, Travis Clark and William Clark were all taken into custody and are now facing drug and weapon charges.
"At times we had 75-100 cars a day going down this little road and it was obvious they were dealing drugs," said neighbor Ron Brown. "At times we had 75-100 cars a day going down this little road and it was obvious they were dealing drugs," said neighbor Ron Brown.
"There's a sense of fear especially for your children, we've been standing out in the front after church and we can hear gunshots sometimes," said Pastor Terry Gaylor. "There's a sense of fear especially for your children, we've been standing out in the front after church and we can hear gunshots sometimes," said Pastor Terry Gaylor.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Authorities say four drug dealers are off the streets tonight after a county-wide bust.

Knox County Sheriff's officers served search warrants at three homes -- one on Maryland Avenue, one on Rector Avenue and one on Lester Road.

Jaqwan Nevels, Willie Paine, Travis Clark and William Clark were all taken into custody and are now facing drug and weapon charges.

All three of these houses were under investigation by Knox County Sheriff's Department, which is thanking neighbors for making the busts happen quicker than expected. 

Over a dozen officers dressed in SWAT geared stormed an alleged drug home on Lester avenue.

"At times we had 75-100 cars a day going down this little road and it was obvious they were dealing drugs," said neighbor Ron Brown.

The sheriff's department says the home has been under investigation because there were signs to indicate possible drug activity including dogs and cameras.

"How many houses have their houses covered in cameras? And as you can see behind, there are cameras on every corner," explained KCSO spokesperson Martha Dooley.

And the neighbors say they finally took action.

"We just started writing down cars license plate numbers, descriptions, what time they were, how many times they were here," said Brown.

But the house on Lester Avenue was just one of three similar busts today. Officers found marijuana, cocaine and weapons at a home on Maryland Avenue. Jaqwan Nevels, 23, was arrested.  

Officers arrested three people at the house on Rector Avenue -- Willie Clark, Jr. 40, Willie Paine, 59, and Travis Clark, 32. Officers found weapons, several thousand dollars in cash, marijuana and a large amount of crack cocaine.

"It was a lot more than we've seen in a long time," said Dooley on the amount of drugs found.

The Gospel Church sits just down the road from Rector Avenue house and Pastor Terry Gaylor says they're happy law enforcement is helping clean up the neighborhood.

"There's a sense of fear especially for your children, we've been standing out in the front after church and we can hear gunshots sometimes," said Pastor Gaylor.

Pastor Gaylor says the neighborhood has been keeping police informed of the problems just like the Lester Avenue community.

"It just took all the neighbors coming together letting each other know we had to work together to get this to stop and get the police involved," explained Brown.

None of the three houses are connected.

KCSO has not released details on what was found inside the Lester Avenue home. No arrests have been made at that residence but the investigation is ongoing.

 

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