Knoxville man arrested in marijuana seizure from vehicle
From Staff Reports
A Knoxville man was arrested Monday morning following a traffic stop in which 8¾ pounds of marijuana was seized, according to a release from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
Oscar Sanchez-Torres, 34, was charged with possession of Schedule VI (marijuana) with intent to resell, within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
According to the Sheriff’s Office report, a Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a Chrysler Town & Country van on Highway 321 East near American RV Sales and Service in Maryville, after the driver of the van ran a stop sign at Tuckaleechee Pike and Highway 321.
During the stop, the deputy received consent from Sanchez-Torres to search the vehicle. A K-9 alerted on the exterior of the vehicle, and deputies found the marijuana in the vehicle.
Investigators with the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force also responded to the scene.
State law allows prosecutors to seek increase penalties for drug-related activity in designated school zones.
Officials said Sanchez-Torres drove through the school zone at Heritage High School prior to running the stop sign at Tuckaleechee Pike.
Sanchez-Torres is being held in the Blount County Detention Facility. Bond has not yet been set. He will appear at 9 a.m. Aug. 8 in Blount County General Sessions Court.