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KCSO Arrests Felon for Buying Stolen Meat in Exchange for Drugs

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

A Knoxville man charged with buying stolen meat in exchange for drugs was arrested this morning. 65-year-old Sammie Watson was taken into custody without incident by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office just before 9:00 a.m. The arrest followed an investigation initiated by KCSO’s Organized Retail Crime Division and assisted by KCSO’s Narcotics Division. The units executed a search warrant today and arrested Watson at his home on Rennoc Road in North Knox County. During the search, officers discovered what appears to be crack cocaine, Opana pills, and Oxycodone pills.

Watson is charged with possession of a firearm with intent to go armed and two counts of sale and delivery of schedule II. He will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. Watson is a convicted felon, currently on parole, and has a criminal history in Knox County that includes theft by shoplifting, leaving the scene of an accident, simple possession/casual exchange, multiple parole violations, larceny, and stolen property.

Chief Lee Tramel said of the investigation and arrest, “This is extraordinary work done by dedicated members of this team who understand our mission. The safety of our citizens is top priority, and because of that, ridding our community of drugs is top priority. We are not going to quit investigating these types of crimes.”



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