Grainger Today Editor
RUTLEDGE – A Rutledge man is facing multiple drug charges after local officers assisting with the execution of a federal search warrant reportedly recovered drugs and paraphernalia from his residence, Monday, April 10. According to reports, officers with the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department assisted officers with the Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, (KPD ICAC), the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations Unit (DHSI) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division (THP CID) as they served a search warrant on the Chahokia Drive residence of Seth Reynolds Hoover, 31. Case Agent Glen Blache had reportedly obtained a federal search warrant for “items related to the possession and distribution of child pornography and child exploitation material.”Grainger County Sheriff’s Department Detective Captain Leon Spoone said he went to the front door and knocked on the storm door, while announcing officer’s presence. He then knocked on the main door, which was reportedly not secured, and opened as he knocked. Hoover was reportedly in a reclined position on a love seat, and appeared to have just awakened. Spoone reported detecting a strong odor of marijuana. As a search of the residence was conducted, Spoone reportedly observed items in plain view on the dining table, which he believed were used in the packing of narcotics. Drugs, drug paraphernalia and large sums of U.S. currency were allegedly recovered during a search of the residence. A state-issued search warrant was obtained after Spoone consulted with Grainger County Sheriff’s Department Detective Lt. Brandon Smith, and the 4th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force executed the state warrant.Officers reportedly recovered about four pounds of marijuana, 150 grams of hashish and eight dosage units of other narcotics suspected tobe LSD, $28,646.92 cash, scales, bags and a 2007 Honda Accord. Hoover was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell a Schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell a Schedule VIcontrolled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm with intent to go armed during the commission of a felony.