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Eleven Nashville markets were raided for the alleged sale of synthetic marijuana and other illegal substances.More >>
Eleven Nashville markets have been raided for the alleged sale of synthetic marijuana and other illegal substances. More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Metro police officers are shutting down three more convenience markets Monday after their employees were accused of selling synthetic marijuana over the past few weeks.
Eleven Nashville markets were shut down July 10 for the same offense.
The markets closed Monday are:
Wings and Gas, 5205 Centennial Blvd. - A clerk is accused of retrieving a packet of 7H from underneath the counter and sold it to an undercover operative Sept. 20. Medhanit Terega, 37 and Adib Akbari, 29, were both charged on misdemeanor citations with marijuana possession (real marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lulu's Discount Tobacco, 3717 Clarksville Pk. - During the investigation of Lulu's Discount Tobacco, a clerk is accused of selling a packet of 7H Diablo, which he retrieved from the back of the store, to an undercover operative on Sept. 20. On Oct. 4, a clerk is accused of selling an operative a packet of Kush, which was near the cash register. Ashraf Massoud Ibrahim, 49, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for resale after 20 packets of synthetic marijuana were found inside a microwave oven in the back room of the store.
Lucky Corner, 5304 Charlotte Pk. - During the investigation of Lucky Corner, a clerk led a police operative to the beer cooler Sept. 16, where he is accused of selling three packets of Purple Haze. On Sept. 30, the clerk led a police operative to a storage room where he is accused of selling three more packets of Purple Haze. No arrests were made there.
"During September and October, undercover operatives were able to buy colorful packets of synthetic marijuana labeled as 7H, 7H Diablo, Kush and Purple Haze, all products that can cause very serious side effects on the human body," Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said. "Our message continues to be that these products have no place whatsoever in Nashville's neighborhoods. The police department, in partnership with the District Attorney's Office, will continue these investigations and seek padlocking orders from the courts where appropriate."
The Tennessee Legislature passed a law May 15 making the sale of synthetic marijuana a felony. Businesses accused of selling the product can be padlocked as public nuisances.
The three stores will remain padlocked pending an Oct. 22 hearing before Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier.
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