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Knoxville Man Arrested

Officers find substance resembling Black Tar Heroin

By Eugenia Jones

A call from a local funeral home on New Year’s Eve Day concerning a fight that broke out in the parking lot while a funeral was being conducted resulted in the arrest of a Knoxville, TN man and discovery of a small cigarette pack containing two round black balls suspected to be 2.9 grams of Black Tar Heroin.

Sheriff Randy Waters reported that Safety Officer Freddie Patrick was at the funeral home to escort the funeral procession when a fight broke out between two subjects.  Officer Patrick called for additional officers.

When Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Smith (assisted by KY Fish and Wildlife Officer Joey Braden) arrived at the scene, the subjects were driving out of the parking lot.  Deputy Smith was able to stop the subjects at the intersection of HWY 27 and HWY 700.  As Officer Smith was talking with the driver, the passenger allegedly got out, put something under a sign stand, and got back in the vehicle.  When officers investigated beneath the sign stand, they found a small cigarette pack containing what appeared to be Black Tar Heroin.  The substance was sent to the Kentucky State Police lab for analysis.  

After finding the substance and getting the subject back out of the vehicle, Deputy Smith observed the individual as being unstable on his feet, having slurred speech, becoming very argumentative, and resisting the officer.  The subject, thirty-two year old Jacob Evan Helm of Knoxville, TN, was arrested and charged with five counts including:  Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (excludes alcohol), Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree/1st Offense (Drug Unspecified), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, and Menacing.

Helm was transported to the Knox County Detention Center.

According to https://americanaddictioncenters.org and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), black tar heroin comes in the form of a dark, sticky substance resembling roofing tar.  Black tar heroin is often produced in Mexico. 

Photo courtesy MCSO

A call for law enforcement concerning a fight that broke out in the parking lot of a funeral home resulted in the arrest of a Knoxville, TN man and discovery of a small cigarette pack containing two round black balls suspected to be 2.9 grams of Black Tar Heroin.

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