Waynard Winbush (Courtesy: Knox Co. Sheriff's Office)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Three people have been arrested as the Knoxville Police Dept. works to break up a Detroit-based operation that funnels drugs down to East Tennessee. Two of them were captured at separate locations as police served simultaneous search warrants around 8:00 p.m.
At one home, 173 Chicamauga Ave., officers reportedly found nearly 5 grams of heroin, 38 Oxycodone pills, and nearly $2,000 in cash. There, they arrested Tim Ford and charged him with Violation of a Drug Free School Zone.
At the other home, 1123 Adcock, officers found a bit of marijuana, a .22 caliber handgun, and almost three dozen shotgun shells and arrested Coleman Strickland. He is accused of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
The primary suspect for most of the distribution, Waynard Winbush, was also taken into custody during a traffic stop on Cedar Bluff near the I-40 interchange. He was arrestedfor a local outstanding Failure to Appear charge for Driving Without a License. Additionally, he will face a Criminal Impersonation charge for giving a false name after he was pulled over.
A department spokesperson said the warrants came following a long investigation aimed to stop the flow of heroin and oxycodone from Detroit, through Lansing, Mich., and into Knoxville. Members of the Repeat Offenders Task Force worked with the Michigan State Police Tri County Narcotics Task Force on the investigation.