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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:41 PM

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Knoxville Police Arrest Man For Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation

The Knoxville Police Department arrested a man after an illegal marijuana grow operation was discovered at a residence in south Knoxville.

On Thursday, officers with KPD responded to reports of a disturbance at a US Money Pawn Shop on Chapman Highway around 11:58 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that the employees at the shop had refused to sell a firearm to an individual who was attempting to purchase it illegally. The man, later identified as Eric Edward Graham, became upset and violent.

According to KPD, Graham physically assaulted the employees and damaged numerous items in the shop, but he fled before officers arrived on scene.

Around 7:19 p.m., police surveyed the area of Graham's residence located at 3600 Decatur Drive and reportedly saw the suspect in the driveway. According to KPD's report, officers attempted to make contact with Graham and he evaded arrest by running into the residence.

Officers discovered Graham hiding in a crawl space above a closet and arrested him without incident. He was held on four outstanding warrants already on file for his arrest.

Graham was charged overnight with those warrants including aggravated assault, assault and vandalism.

On Friday, he was further charged with numerous counts including:
--Possession of Schedule VI Resale (Drug-Free School Zone)
--Possession of Schedule II Resale (Drug-Free School Zone)
--Possession of Legend Narcotics
--Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon (Previous Armed Robbery Conviction)
--Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony
--Criminal Simulation
--Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
--Evading Arrest

Police found: two firearms, meth, marijuana, phones, $5,800 in counterfeit currency, one vehicle, numerous pills, marijuana plants and one heat lamp in the residence.

Additional charges are pending.