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POLICE: Marijuana and prescription meds found at Louisville candy store

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Lorenzo Byrd (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Lorenzo Byrd (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man is accused of selling more than sweet treats out of his candy store in West Louisville.

Louisville police say customers could get more than candy at the "Get It" candy store at 41st and Market.

Lorenzo Byrd is facing numerous drug charges, including trafficking in marijuana and trafficking a controlled substance.

Police arrested him on Tuesday outside the "Get It" candy store, where they allegedly found 50 baggies of marijuana and a bag containing 14 Loratab pain pills.

"They received a anonymous tip several weeks ago and through that investigation were able to secure a search warrant on that building," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

The candy store was open for business today.

A man who identified himself only as "D" told me he has worked here for nearly a year and has never seen Byrd sell drugs

WDRB News asked if he had ever seen drug activity of any kind.

"I've never seen him pass no drugs to nobody. I never seen him do it. I can honestly vouch for that. I've. never seen him do it. Not in the store. I've never seen him do it," he said.

The store is across the street from Shawnee Academy and adjacent to the Spirit of Love church. Church members say the bust was an answer to prayer.

"We see this as the Lord at work in our neighborhood, because we want better things for this community," said Shirley Anderson.

"Anything could go on. Anybody could come by shooting and a little innocent kid get killed," said a woman who identified herself only as C.M.

Byrd has a criminal record dating back to 1997, including assault, theft and drug charges.

"But that's all behind him. He's trying to have a legitimate business," said "D".

"D" insists that customers have nothing to worry about when WDRB News asked whether this was a legitimate candy store and not a front for drugs.

"No sir. No sir. We sell candy here every time. Mothers bring their kids here all the time."

Byrd is due back in court on June 24th.

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