A Knox County man has drawn the attention of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after he was arrested Monday.
Knox County Deputies Bobby Jones and Sam Mullins responded to the disturbance at Summit Drive in Flat Lick, where they observed a small plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine, a plastic bag of suspected marijuana, a set of digital scales and several tablets of hydrocodone and gabapentin. The deputies also discovered a rifle with a suppressor attached. The illegal suppressor lead an agent with the ATF to agree to adopt the case because of its nature.
The deputies arrested Donnie L. Helton, 48 of Flat Lick, and charged him with Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Menacing and Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.
Helton was also wanted on a Whitley County bench warrant for failure to appear for sentencing on Trafficking Controlled Substance-1st Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-1st Degree. Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree, Possession of Controlled Substance-3rd Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges.
Helton was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center, where he is behind held on a total of $35,000 bond ($25,000 cash, plus $10,000 cash and home incarceration). He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, October 29 at the Knox County Courthouse.