Kingsport business owner, son arrested in drug bust

Rain Smith • Feb 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport business owner and his son have been arrested on a variety of drug charges and for alleged possession of moonshine.

Kenny Glass, 39, founder and CEO of K&S Communications, 1109 E. Sevier Ave., was arrested Monday. A search warrant was served at his home, 301 Rosewood Circle, which he shares with his son, Matt Glass, 20.

Kingsport police say the warrant was obtained after detectives received information about drug activity at the home. Detectives said they had heard rumors over the past several months, but the warrant was not obtained until they received a more concrete tip.

During the search, police allegedly discovered marijuana, Schedule II narcotics, drug paraphernalia and moonshine.

According to police, three quarts of moonshine were found at the home. A small amount of marijuana and unlabeled bottles containing Percocets were found in Kenny Glass' bedroom and bags of marijuana were found in Matt Glass' bedroom.

Police are holding a 2007 Audi and more than $40,000 in cash found at the home until a determination is made as to whether they were proceeds of an illegal drug trade.

Kenneth Glass was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of untaxed liquor, and maintaining a dwelling where illegal substances are used, sold or stored.

Matt Glass was charged with possession of over one-half ounce of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a dwelling where illegal substances are used, sold or stored.

Father and son were arraigned Tuesday and have since posted bond.

K&S Communications provides services to the broadband industry, with past clients including Charter Communications, Comcast, Time-Warner and Media Comm.

They were awarded an honorable mention in Kingsport’s 2000 Small Business Start-Up Contest, when it had only two employees installing cable modems in Kingsport.

Since then, K&S has grown to employ more than 400 people, working in 16 offices in four states. Locally, it has also been a technology provider for Kingsport City Schools, installing cabling, networking and surveillance systems.

Police said Wednesday that there is no evidence that the Glass family business was involved. The search warrant pertained only to the Glass home.

The pair are scheduled for an April 16 appearance in Kingsport General Sessions Court.

Kacie Breeding contributed to this report.

Editor's Note: CLICK HERE to view a complete list of items taken from the Glass home.

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