Pawn shop owner accused of selling drugs through store

Montgomery Detention Center

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A month-long undercover investigation led to the arrest of a pawn shop owner and his sister on multiple charges in Montgomery County, according to the Mt. Sterling Advocate.

The newspaper reports complaints about stolen goods and drugs being sold at Layton’s Pawn Shop on North Maysville Street led to the investigation.

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The report says on Tuesday police searched the business and owner Scott Hardy’s home next door.

Investigators say they seized hundreds of firearms, drugs and cash.  The report says serial numbers had been removed from some of the weapons.

Hardy was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, trafficking a controlled substance and other charges, according to the report.

Hardy’s sister, Beth Willis, was also arrested and charged, according to the report.

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