KNOXVILLE — A joint operation involving the Knoxville Police Department and the Michigan State Police led to the discovery of illicit drugs — including heroin, oxycodone and oxymorphone — as well as cash and weapons late Wednesday.
After what KPD Lt. Tony Willis described in a release as a “lengthy investigation” into a Detroit-based heroin and oxycodone conspiracy, the Repeat Offender Squad executed a pair of search warrants, one at 173 Chickamauga and the other at 1123 Adcock Avenue.
According to Willis, evidence pointed to 27-year-old Waynard Winbush, of Detroit, as the person who channeled the illegal narcotics from Lansing, Mich., through Knoxville.
Winbush was pulled over on a traffic stop on Cedar Bluff and arrested for failing to appear on a charge of driving without a license. He also faces charges of giving a false name to the officer who pulled him over, in addition to any forthcoming drug- or weapon-related charges.
In addition to Winbush, 53-year-old Tim Ford was arrested and charged with violation of a drug-free school zone at the Chickamauga residence, while 40-year-old Coleman Strickland was arrested at the Adcock address on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In his release, Lt. Willis indicated that the operation is ongoing and further charges, as well as further individuals being charged, may come out at a later date.
More on this story as it develops online and in Friday’s News Sentinel