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.