An inquisitive neighbor drew the attention of police when they came from their apartment reeking of the odor of marijuana to ask police why they were at a nearby apartment. Then the police turned inquisitive and found 59 marijuana plants and made three arrests.
Knoxville Police Department Public Information Officer Darrell DeBusk reported on Oct. 25, at approximately 3:54 p.m., officers were returning to their vehicles after finishing up on a call at Fairview Apartments when they were approached by a resident of 2621 Fairview. The resident was inquiring about the nature of the police activity. The officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence. A second person exited the apartment at which time the marijuana odor became even stronger. A third person was located in the apartment and was also detained. Members of the Repeat Offender Squad responded to the residence where they obtained enough evidence to secure a search warrant. Upon execution of the search warrant, a three stage indoor grow operation in an upstairs bedroom was discovered.
Items discovered included 58 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and harvest, nearly one-half pound of harvested marijuana, multiple halogen heated plant lights, a grow station, window screens used to dry out harvested marijuana, multiple pipes and smoking paraphernalia, and multiple jars with mushrooms in varying stages of growth.
All three suspects, Nathaniel Wade, 26, Drew Moore (male), 24, and Elora Dami (female), 22, all of that residence were arrested and charged with: Violation of Drug Free School Zone (Schedule I), Violation of Drug Free School Zone (Schedule VI) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia