KNOX COUNTY — Knox County Sheriff's Office arrested three as deputies investigated a drug trafficking complaint on Saturday.
Knox County deputies traveled to a residence on Rucker Lane in Gray after receiving a complaint of drug trafficking activity. While at the residence, a vehicle driven by Kenneth Mills pulled up to the residence, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. While checking Mills, a deputy observed a plastic bag of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle. According to the release, a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine, a meth pipe and a semi-auto handgun were also located.
Kenneth Mills, age 44, of Gray was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana - less than 8 ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia.
While the deputies were there a second vehicle pulled up but turned around and left after the driver saw the deputies, according to the press release. The vehicle was stopped by a Knox County Sheriff's deputy who arrested Obie Mills Jr., age 59, of Gray after methamphetamine and hydrocodone were found in his possession.
He was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance and second-degree possession of controlled substance.
Back at the residence on Rucker Lane a third vehicle pulled up to the residence. After the deputies checked the driver, Duane Lee Byrge, age 34, of Gray was arrested and charged with operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license, failure to produce insurance card and no registration receipt. Byrge was also wanted on two Knox County bench warrants for failure to pay the fines on numerous traffic charges and contempt of court and an Owsley County bench warrant for failure to appear on theft by unlawful taking or disposition and contempt of court charges.
All three men were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.