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Knox Co. Sheriff: Tenn. Man Caught With 2 Pounds Of Meth After Fleeing Stop

Posted at 4:33 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 16:36:08-05
Marlon Johnson

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Police arrested a Tennessee man Monday morning who they said fled a traffic stop and later was found with 2 pounds of methamphetamine.

Photo courtesy of the Knox County Sheriffs Office

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Marlon J. Johnson of Nashville faces a raft of drug trafficking and other charges following his arrest.

Police say they learned on Sunday that a man with a large amount of meth was at a home on Kentucky 1629 in the Park Hill neighborhood of Corbin.

A deputy later said he saw a red Toyota sports car driving suspiciously in the area. When the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped away “at a high rate of speed” and later crashed through the gate of a private drive.

Police say Johnson exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the Pine Hill Cemetery, where he was apprehended.

Officials said 2 pounds of meth was found in a backpack inside the car.

Johnson was charged with first-degree trafficking in Controlled Substance, first-degree fleeing or evading in motor vehicle, reckless driving, second-degree fleeing or evading on foot, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, and second-degree menacing and criminal mischief.

He was being held in the Knox County Detention Center.