Four Michigan men were arrested and charged in a large drug ring bust by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division at a house in East Knoxville on Tuesday morning.
Darius Attles, of Detroit; Roy Washington of Warren, Michigan; Robert Mapp, of Detroit; and Andrew Lockheart VI, of Detroit, face charges related to the possession and distribution of drugs. The bust was the result of a six-month-long investigation. The sheriff’s office said the four men were drug runners.
When deputies raided the house on Burns Avenue, Lockheart attempted to flee from an upstairs window. He was apprehended and taken to UT Medical Center to be treated for injuries.
Deputies recovered around $80,000 in cash, over $100,000 in drugs and several guns. The drugs seized included over a thousand pills of oxycontin, morphine tablets and oxymorphone, as well as 80 grams of marijuana. One of the guns was stolen.
Lee Tramel with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said the drug ring is part of a pipeline that transports drugs between Michigan and Florida using Interstate 75.
“We see the crime that comes from addictions to these kinds of drugs,” Tramel said. “If we can cut the addiction of people in our community, we can cut the crime rate.”
The narcotics division of the sheriff’s office has served 16 search warrants since October.
“If you are out there selling drugs, we’ll see you soon,” Tramel added.