Knox man facing meth charges

A Knox County man was arrested Thursday on meth charges.

According to Sheriff John Pickard, deputies Brian Hensley and Tommy Houston were dispatched Thursday to a residence on Hughes Branch Road in reference to a possible meth lab.  

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When deputies arrived, Hensley discovered a one-step meth lab inside an open storage building near the residence.

At the same time, 20-year-old Brandon Stewart attempted to exit through the back door when he was apprehended by Hensley, who detained him without incident.

Deputies were given permission to search the residence, where an indoor marijuana grow operation was found in the children’s playroom closet.

Josh Phillips, 21, of Cannon admitted that the marijuana was his, but said that no one else had knowledge that Stewart was making meth..

During a subsequent interview, Stewart admitted that the was making meth and that no one else was helping him.

Stewart was charged with manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of meth precursors, and an un related bench warrant.