Police raid, padlock three markets for allegedly selling synthetic drugs

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 4:20pm

The Metro Nashville Police Department officers have padlocked three convenience stores on Monday for allegedly selling synthetic drugs, just three months after police shuttered 11 stores.

An MNPD release stated “some local stores didn’t heed the message” after the July 10 raids. On Monday, officers raided Wings and Gas in West Nashville, Lulu’s Discount Tobacco in North Nashville and Lucky’s Corner on Charlotte Pike.

The state legislature passed a law banning the sale of synthetic drugs earlier this year. The law took effect on May 15.

Police claim clerks at all three stores sold synthetic drugs to undercover detectives.

“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,” said MNPD Chief Steve Anderson. “Our message continues to be that these products have no place whatsoever in Nashville’s neighborhoods.”

Police charged three people during Monday’s raids.

At Lulu’s Discount Tobacco, 3717 Clarksville Pike, Ashraf Massoud Ibrahim, 49, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for resale.

Medhanit Terega, 37, and Adib Akbari, 29, were both charged on misdemeanor citations of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession for allegedly possessing real marijuana at Wings & Gas, 5205 Centennial Boulevard.

Officers made no arrests at Lucky Corner, 5304 Charlotte Pike. The three stores will remain padlocked pending an Oct. 22 hearing before Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier on a public nuisance issue.

As a result of the July raids, many storeowners agreed to cease selling the drugs in exchange for a lift of the padlocks.

3 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/17/12 at 7:32

It's too bad that they can't bulldoze these places/joints when these
deadly products are even found on the premises. Agreeing to stop
for the release of padlocks is something the law certainly shouldn't
be bribed into agreeing with.

By: limitup62 on 10/17/12 at 7:57

Limitup62 The creation of synthetic drugs is an attempt to circumvent the laws against the failed proabition of marijuana. Like alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is here to stay. After 60 years of attmepting to eradicate a pleasurable, harmless substance, the government system has instead created a market for a harmful and deadly substance. Unregulated, this synthetic substance, with no oversight, is another example that smokers of marijuana want to enjoy a substance without the fear of incarciration or heavily imposed fines. Regulated, marijuana could be a safe, and pleasurable substance, no different than tobacco, beer, wine, or whisky. Without a doubt, abuse is going to materialize in any substance. Whether over eating, drinking, or smoking, some will abuse. The perceived abuse is anticipated to be small. The regulation, taxation, and responsible sale of marijuana would, in my opinion, stop the back room manufactoring of synthetic marijuana, reverse the out going flow of funds for eradication to an inflow of funds from the taxation, and hault the sensless incarciration of a majority of tax paying citizens. I am fully in favor of the penalties associated with misuse of alcohol and tobacco and would favor the same penalties if marijuana were legal. A fool is one who believes he can do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. We're 60 years into prohabition. Can't we see that it doesn't work? Again, all in my opinion

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