Smyrna man busted in drug sting at Tullahoma business

Two men, one from Rutherford County,  are facing multiple charges after a search of a downtown Tullahoma business Friday night.

According to police reports, Joshua Jay Johnston, 29, of Branford Drive in Smryna has been charged by Tullahoma Police with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, theft of property, possession of schedule II and simple possession of marijuana. He is free on a $38,000 bond.

Gabino Medrano, 19, of South Anderson Street, Tullahoma was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana for resale. He was released on a $25,000 bond.

The men were arrested Friday night after complaints were made that “a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the Diamond In the Rough Tattoo located at 113 N. Jackson Street." When police arrived they discovered the odor was coming from inside the business. Johnston, who is listed as the owner of the business was arrested after police found a handgun that was listed as being stolen from Davidson County.

Medrano was also arrested after he was found to be in possession of  Marijuana and a handgun. 

After the two men were arrested, police secured the business and Officer Jamie Norris obtained a search warrant for the business. Once inside the tattoo shop, officers allegedly found two pounds of marijuana and other firearms in the business. Police also seized over a $1,000 in cash, a motorcycle and various electronic devices that police “believe to be used to aid in the distribution of marijuana." 

Police requested the assistance of members of the Tullahoma Fire Department to assist them in opening of a safe in the business.

Pictured: Johnston (Top) and Medrano (Lower)

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