A Tuscaloosa grocer has been shut down after the owner is accused of selling marijuana from behind his counter.
The alleged incident happened at D&G Grocery on Old Marion Road in Tuscaloosa. Owner George Stephens has run the store for 30 years. He admits to FOX6 News that he did sell marijuana from his store and he says had he known he would lose his business, he wouldn't have done it.
Jimbo Woodson, Tuscaloosa's Senior Associate City Attorney, says that earlier this year the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force learned about Stephens selling pot from his store.
They sent an informant to the grocery who bought marijuana twice. In June, the store was searched and agents found individually wrapped bags of marijuana behind the counter of the store.
Stephens' house was also searched and more marijuana was found there, along with scales and bags.
Stephens was then arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. And last night, the Tuscaloosa City Council voted to revoke Stephens' business license, ordering him to close his store immediately.
Stephens is having a hard time dealing with the reality of the situation.
"I have to apologize to my family and friends all my customers for 30 years. I got myself into this trouble," Stephens said. "I'm saddened because when you put as many years into something as I have here then because you do one thing wrong it all goes."
The Tuscaloosa Police Department says they have received numerous complaints from the public about D&G Grocery.
George Stephens didn't mention this fact to FOX6 News Wednesday, but he told investigators that he had been selling marijuana from the store for approximately one year to support his own marijuana use.
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