WCSO: Man on supervised felony probation arrested on firearm, drug charges

Jason Anthony Knight - Courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man Friday on firearm and drug charges.

According to a WCSO news release, investigators arrested Jason Anthony Knight, 44.

Knight was reportedly free on supervised felony probation on charges involving violence and conditions of his release included that he would let officers search his home.

WCSO investigators worked with Tennessee Department of Corrections Probation and Parole officers and a sheriff’s office’s DEA Task Force officer when searching Knight’s home.

A search of the home revealed a small amount of marijuana beside Knight’s bed, two glass pipes, a marijuana pipe and a loaded .40 caliber handgun in insulation in the ceiling above his bed.

A K9 unit was called to the home and alerted investigators to areas near a large cooler and a plastic storage container, which reportedly contained five pounds of process marijuana, gallon sized bags, digital scales and several 1 gram marijuana baggies packaged for street sales.

Knight was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, possession of marijuana for resale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $27,000 and he was scheduled to be arraigned on May 31.

According to the release, because Knight was a felon in possession of a firearm and was in possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, the case will be presented to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office- Eastern District of Tennessee for consideration for prosecution.

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