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Drug Bust Follow-Up

By Daniel Wilkerson
By dwilkerson@wbbjtv.com

An east Jackson drug bust at the Lexington Street Grocery have authorities taking steps to close the business.

"We come here to provide for the community and the elderly people so they will not have to walk so far," said Nakena Forrest, owner of Lexington Street Grocery.

Authorities said a several-month-long investigation indicated the employees were trafficking narcotics and after receiving probable cause, they obtained a warrant and raided the business.

"My great-grand-children, got 14 of them and they love their broccoli. They have good broccoli," said Maggie Smith, a patron of the store. Smith said she lives directly across from the store and has never seen any activity that would lead her to believe they were trafficking narcotics.

According to the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, a search of the property turned up 10.8 grams of crack cocaine, hydrocodone pills and items of drug paraphernalia intended for sale.

Authorities charged Glenn A. Forrest, 64, with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell or distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. They charged Christopher D. Forrest, 24, with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell or distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Also charged, Earlene B. Forrest, 47, who is charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell or distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Authorities said Montavious J. Jones was present at the time of the bust. He has been charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

"I guarantee this will never happen again and they will never have to worry about this," said Forrest.

Lt. Marc Byrum with the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit said he can remember at least one other time when the business was raided. He said the investigation is ongoing and his office was in discussions with the District Attorney's Office to take steps to close the business.