A 23-year-old Maryville man reportedly stole prescription pills from his grandmother before being arrested by the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force in Maryville on Thursday evening.

Jason Eric Reno Jr., 23, Butterfly Gap Road, Maryville, was arrested by Blount County Sheriff’s deputies at 5:46 p.m. Nov. 14 and charged with delivery of a Schedule II substance in a drug-free zone, according to a statement from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, as well as Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents, were working a covert narcotics investigation at the Greenbelt Park, located on McGhee Street, Maryville, when they reportedly came across Reno in possession of 14 units of oxycodone.

Reno’s grandmother, Connie Reno, McGhee Street, Maryville, reported to the Maryville Police Department at 7:47 p.m. Nov. 14 that 18 of her oxycodone tablets were missing from her prescription pill bottle. According to the police report, Connie Reno checked her pills after hearing that her grandson had been arrested.

Reno Jr. remains in custody on a $25,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. Nov. 20 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court.

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