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Smyrna tanning business allegedly sold drugs

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Jeffery Smith (Photos from RCSO) Jeffery Smith (Photos from RCSO)

A Smyrna couple who own a local business have been indicted by a Rutherford County grand jury for allegedly selling drugs out of their business.

Jeffery Smith, 48, and Virginia Smith, 36, were arrested last week after the indictments were handed down, which is also accused them of growing 52 marijuana plants in their home.

"We also found evidence where he had received his seeds from another country and also received Xanax through the mail and was selling the Xanax bars as well," said Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold.

The Smiths own Smyrna Video and Tanning on Hazelwood Drive.

Smyrna police said undercover officers purchased drugs from inside the business last year after a tip from a customer. That led to a raid on the couple's Lee Hollow Lane home in Rutherford County, where officers allegedly discovered an elaborate marijuana grow operation in the attic.

Police also found a cache of guns in the house, cash, digital scales and marijuana bagged and ready for sale.

One of the employees at the business, Larry Hollis, was also arrested on drug charges, and police said a fourth person is expected to be arrested and charged soon.

The tanning business is located one building over from a daycare, so the suspects also face a charge of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.

"Our most precious items in the world is our children and our babies, and we don't want that kind of thing around our children and our infants," Arnold said.

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