Fugitive search leads to pot bust

August 22, 2015
Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith takes note of the evidence collected from the home of Jeffery Collins, as deputy Keith Liford and Constable Reed Murphy look on.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith takes note of the evidence collected from the home of Jeffery Collins, as deputy Keith Liford and Constable Reed Murphy look on.

Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Liford, Captain Tackett Wilson and Constable Reed Murphy were searching for two fugitives Thursday, Aug. 13. Michael Blum, 35, and Daisy Allen, 43, both of Woolum, were wanted in Ohio for charges of child support violations. The search for the fugitives led deputies to the home of Jeffery Collins, 43, on Chicken Branch Road in Woolum. The deputies arrived to find that Blum and Allen had fled, but it was far from a wasted trip.


“We didn’t find them,” explained Constable Murphy, “but we just happened to look over by the house and saw some marijuana plants.”

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Deputies saw fresh footprints leading from the house that led to eight more plants. A total of 17 plants were recovered from Collins’ home, along with several firearms and a container of unidentified capsules.

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