Cosby store owner convicted in drug case

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal court jury has convicted an East Tennessee store owner of trafficking drugs, possession of firearms and trafficking ginseng, a protected plant. The jury in Greeneville found his wife not guilty of drug charges.

A statement from the U.S. attorney's office said the jury Friday convicted 59-year-old Johnny Carl Grooms of Cosby and acquitted his wife, 33-year-old Rosalba Ibarra Grooms, a Mexican national.

Johnny Grooms' sentencing is set Oct. 3 and he faces a maximum possible penalty of life in prison.

Telephone messages left Friday at the offices of their attorneys were not returned.

The U.S. attorney's statement said an agent posing as a ginseng dealer contacted Grooms at the business in September 2008 and Grooms was observed selling Oxycodone and other drugs from the store counter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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