Shelby County bar owner arrested in drug raid

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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Shelby County bar owner accused of selling and using drugs was arrested Thursday night when deputies raided his bar.

Investigators say Thorne Peters and his employees used and sold drugs inside Imbibrios Bar on Navy Road, just beyond the Millington city limits.

"There were observed uses of drugs out in the open...rather flagrant and blatant," said Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell.

Undercover investigators have had their eye on the establishment since late last year, waiting for the right time to move in.

"To all the club operators and owners in this community - you should assume you're being watched," said Shelby Co. District Attorney Bill Gibbons.

As police took Thorne into custody Thursday, he denied any wrong doing, saying, "I never used drugs in my life. Not a blunt, not a joint, not a gram, not a pill."

But photographs on Peters' MySpace page tell a different story. One shows two people with a bag of marijuana, and another shows Thorne standing next to a sign that reads "Blunt Hunt 2-Nite."

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