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Breathitt man charged with selling drugs from his restaurant

A Breathitt County man used his small restaurant as a cover for illegal drug sales, police have charged.

Detectives with Operation UNITE arrested Arlie "A.B." Howard Wednesday on three charges of selling drugs, one charge of tampering with physical evidence and one count of resisting arrest.

Howard, 41, owns the M&M Dairy Bar in the community of Quicksand, according to a UNITE news release.

Dan Smoot, UNITE law enforcement director, said the agency received tips about Howard from residents. Undercover detectives bought drugs from Howard at the restaurant several times, according to the news release.

Officers from UNITE and the Jackson Police Department found 29 OxyContin pills and $2,200 in cash during a search of the store this week, as well as other prescription pills at Howard's home.

According to a news release, Howard tried to get rid of a container of pills when he saw police coming, then he tried to physically restrain an officer from getting the pill bottle, according to the news release.