A Citgo station in East Nashville is closed and two men are in custody after Metro police raided the market Wednesday.
Police say the raid is part of an ongoing effort to clean up crime in the community.
The owners of the Citgo at 2814 Gallatin Pike are accused of knowingly buying stolen cigarettes, beer and synthetic marijuana at approximately 1/4 of the retail value and then selling the goods back to customers at higher prices.
Owner Naser Rufail, 40, of Neese Drive, is charged with one count of felony attempted theft. Co-owner Sherif Roufail, 34, of Lake Drive, is charged with three counts of felony attempted theft.
Legitimate business owners who were watching the raid Wednesday say they are grateful the business is being closed.
"I'm glad it's helping to improve the community. It's a good start," Isaac Beard said.
The raids are becoming commonplace in Metro. Back in June, seven people were arrested when Metro police raided three north Nashville convenience stores for committing the same type of crime.
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