$4.32 million in cocaine found at Knoxville business, police say

KPD officer John Martin and K-9 partner Beny / Source: KPD

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- K-9 Beny and his partner discovered over 300 pounds of cocaine at a West Knoxville business.

According to the Knoxville Police Department, officers responded to a business on June 6 to investigate a suspicious package called in by management.

K-9 Beny and his partner, Officer John Martin, were called in for assistance. K-9 Beny alerted investigators to the presence of narcotics and a further search revealed that the packages contained 317.4 pounds of powder cocaine. Police said the street value is $4.32 million.

KPD said they are actively working with the Tennessee Interdiction Plus Taskforce and the DEA as the investigation continues.

A similar incident happened at a business in Mount Juliet, where a business alerted law enforcement to suspicious packages that turned out to contain over 400 pounds of cocaine. Investigators have not said whether the two incidents are connected, however.

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