Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Liford, Captain Tackett Wilson and Constable Reed Murphy were searching for two fugitives Thursday, Aug. 13. Michael Blum, 35, and Daisy Allen, 43, both of Woolum, were wanted in Ohio for charges of child support violations. The search for the fugitives led deputies to the home of Jeffery Collins, 43, on Chicken Branch Road in Woolum. The deputies arrived to find that Blum and Allen had fled, but it was far from a wasted trip.
“We didn’t find them,” explained Constable Murphy, “but we just happened to look over by the house and saw some marijuana plants.”
Deputies saw fresh footprints leading from the house that led to eight more plants. A total of 17 plants were recovered from Collins’ home, along with several firearms and a container of unidentified capsules.
Collins was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and hindering prosecution or apprehension first degree.
Sheriff Mike Smith and Deputy William Stewart continued the search for Blum and Allen on Sugar Maple Drive in Greed Road. Blum and Allen turned themselves in at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office later that afternoon. In addition to the child support warrants, they were also charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of a firearm by convicted felon. The three individuals were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.