Stolen vehicle recovery results in felony drug and gun arrests

Two people were arrested Wednesday after Lenoir City Police Department Investigator Scott Brewster was investigating the theft of a Dodge Charger when he obtained information that the vehicle was in the area of Alma Avenue in Knoxville.

Knoxville Police Department Lt. Gordon Gwathney, Officer Brian Mullane, and Officer Todd MacFaun responded to the area and discovered the vehicle parked behind a residence located at 4113 Alma Avenue. Lt. Gwathney was able to identify the driver who was just inside the open back door of the residence. The suspect was quickly taken into custody without incident.

During the arrest, a very strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from inside the residence. As officers prepared to conduct a safety sweep of the residence, they called for anyone else inside to come out. After several minutes the female resident came out and was immediately detained for questioning.

During the following investigation, numerous weapons and drugs were discovered both inside the residence and the stolen Charger. Weapons included a loaded Springfield .40 caliber handgun, a loaded Professional Ordinance .223 pistol, a loaded Taurus .40 caliber handgun, an AR-15 rifle. Powder cocaine, crack cocaine, meth, heroin, and various pills were also found.

The loaded Taurus handgun and the crack cocaine were found hidden in the children’s bedroom. Digital scales and over $1,200 was located in the residence. A second stolen vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler, was also recovered from the residence.

DeMarquise L. Welch, 34, and Jameshia Davis, 27, were charged with numerous felony and drug charges.

Davis has prior felony convictions in Knox County for Burning Personal Property and Aggravated Assault.

Welch is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention facility on a $212,500 bond. Davis is being held on a $201,000 bond.