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Illegal sale of drugs lands man in jail

Prescription drugs sold out of a Guatemalan store landed the manager in jail, Decatur police said Friday.

Sgt. Faron White of the police Organized Crime Unit said narcotics agents received information that drugs were being sold over the counter without legal prescriptions at Tienda Guate-maltca, 19 14th St. S.W.

Agents searched the business and found prescription drugs and controlled prescription drugs, White said.

Police arrested the store manager, Lauriano Joaquin-Tomas, 47, on Thursday.

He was charged with illegal-
ly possessing prescription drugs.

Joaquin-Tomas, who gave police an address of 109 Columbus St., Albertville, was released from Decatur City Jail on Thursday on $500 bond.

- Seth Burkett

Man reports being cut during robbery

A man found covered in blood told police he had been robbed at knifepoint but couldn’t specify when or where, Decatur police said in a report released Friday.

Officers dispatched to the Food Plus gas station on Austinville Road Southwest at about 5:25 a.m. Friday found 22-year-old Tomas Juan wearing a red jersey with a “significant amount of dried blood on it,” according to the report.

Juan was bleeding from a cut under his nose, police said.

According to the report, Juan told police two black males and a Hispanic male had assaulted him with a knife and demanded his money.

Police did not release the amount of cash taken.

An ambulance took Juan to Decatur General Hospital for treatment.

- Seth Burkett

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