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.)

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

  • by Rex Location: Newport on May 14, 2011 at 12:51 AM
    Which store...?


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2015 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 121808844 -
Gray Television, Inc.