73 guns confiscated in burglary bust

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Four people are behind bars after a burglary ring bust in Cocke County.

24 year old William Cody, 21 year old Phil Jenkins, 34 year old Michael Frasier, and 39 year old James Lupton are in jail facing charges from burglary to felony firearm possession.

Here's how it all played out.

Rifles, shotguns and flat screen t-vs.
All stolen property seized in what officials are calling Operation Pill Trader.
It all started Monday when police say Cody and Jenkins broke into a home on Airport Road.
Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes says, "A resident of Newport held them at gunpoint and we were on the scene within minutes."

Turns out, they were involved in 17 other burglaries, according to officials.
Cody and Jenkins tipped off investigators to Frasier's home where Lupton was also staying.
There investigators say they found $20,000 worth of stolen property.
Then another warrant at a Cosby address turned up 73 guns.
All used as trade for Roxycontin and Opana pills.
Sheriff Fontes says, "That's the number one drug of choice which is more common than cocaine and methamphetamine"

Fontes says these pills are coming from pain clinics in Knoxville, Morristown, Atlanta, and Nashville.
Sheriff Fontes says, "These pills are coming for legit prescriptions and obviously we have a market people are selling them and its' a huge problem."

A huge problem for which Sheriff Fontes plans on finding a solution.


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