317 lbs. cocaine worth more than $4M seized by Tennessee police department

357

KNOXVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

317 lbs. of cocaine were seized by the Knoxville Police Department on Thursday.

An officer was called to investigate reports of a suspicious package at a west Knoxville business that was called in by management. The officer requested back-up and a K-9.

K-9 Beny sniffed the packages, positively alerting to the odor of drugs. A search of the packages revealed 144 kilos of powder cocaine with an estimated street value of $4.32 million.

“We always encourage others to report suspicious behavior or packages to authorities and that’s exactly what the business did in this instance,” the police department said.

Officers do not suspect that the business who alerted authorities is related to the cocaine. They are working with law enforcement partners and the DEA as the investigation continues.