U.S. Marshals find marijuana grow house while arresting fugitive

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Federal authorities trying to arrest an attempted murder suspect in Knoxville on Thursday uncovered a marijuana grow operation as well.

U.S. Marshals responded to a home on Eldridge Drive in an attempt to arrest 33-year-old Marcus Williams.

Williams was wanted out of Detroit, Michigan, on several charges including assault with intent to murder.

When U.S. Marshals and Smoky Mountain Task Force officers raided the home, they arrested Williams and three others after discovering a large marijuana grow operation in the home.

Dewayne Tolend, 25, Demetrius Green, 24, and Ladonte Harris-Paige, 27, all of Detroit, were also taken into custody in relation with the grow operation.

"Surprised because I've never expected anything to go on in our quiet neighborhood.You know, people just passing by, going up and down I'd go by there and didn't think anything was unusual," said neighbor Louise Hay.

"It's really good neighborhood.," neighbor Whitney White added. "It's really quiet; I like it a lot. I'm kinda shocked it happened here but it's awesome here."

Williams is now at the Knox County Detention Facility. His extradition to Michigan will wait until he answers local charges stemming from the indoor marijuana grow operation.

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