Knoxville night club called hub of heroin distribution ring, closed

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Knoxville business has been shut down after a police investigation into a Detroit-based heroin distribution ring.

The Knoxville Police Department and the District Attorney's Office call the Chalmers Grill and Night Club at 513 North 17th Street an ongoing nuisance to the community.

Authorities say an investigation revealed the business was a hub for a criminal conspiracy that brought large amounts of heroin from Detroit to Knoxville.

KPD officers say they recorded the buying and selling of heroin by owners, employees and patrons of the business.

The DA's office also filed a violation of probation for facilitation of possession with intent to sell schedule I drugs against the one of the owners of Chalmers, Rickey Brown.

Chalmers Grill and Night Club will remain closed until further order from a judge.

This nuisance injunction marks the 44th closure by the District Attorney's Office and Knoxville Police Department in their ongoing collaboration to make neighborhoods safer.

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