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May 20, 2008

Albany - The city is trying to shut down a South Albany grocery store busted three times this year for drugs and illegal alcohol sales. On May 2nd, officers with the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit served search warrants at several homes and businesses in the 600 block of Cotton Avenue.

At Marco's Grocery at Cotton and Madison, agents found drugs behind the counter. This is the second time drugs have been found in the store this year. They were also busted for selling alcohol without a license. Commissioner Morris Gurr said, "I think at this point there's going to be a recommendation from code enforcement, Mr. Tilson, on what to do with their occupational license. They do not have an alcohol license, even though alcohol was being found there and they were selling not only that but drugs."

The commission denied granting Marco's grocery an alcohol license back in March because of problems with criminal activity in the neighborhood.

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