Traffic stop leads to police finding over 80 grams of suspected fentanyl

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Officials with the Knoxville Police Department said a traffic stop Friday afternoon of a car with expired Illinois tags on Martin Luther King Drive led to the seizure of over 80 grams of suspected fentanyl packaged for resale.

Officers also said a loaded firearm was found in the car, and a convicted felon from Detroit was arrested on numerous charges.

Back in February, district attorneys from across East Tennessee announced the new ‘313 Initiative.’ It’s named after Detroit’s area code. The initiative is a joint effort by five DA’s, TBI, the DEA, and several other law enforcement agencies to crack down on deadly drugs coming into East Tennessee.

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