Two Hermitage Businesses Padlocked For Selling Drugs
HERMITAGE, Tenn. – Two businesses in Hermitage have been shut down by officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department for selling synthetic liquid marijuana for use in electronic cigarettes.
Police were called to 1st Discount Tobacco & Beer at 3916 Lebanon Pike and Dolphin Market Discount Tobacco & Beer down the street at 4808 Lebanon Pike Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. after multiple complaints.
They found bottles labeled "Relax" and "Maui Maui" that contained what officers described as a "synthetic liquid substance designed to give e-cigarette users a marijuana-type high."
The businesses have been declared public nuisances and the buildings were padlocked.
Officers said these types of drugs are becoming more common and are very dangerous.
"The most important point to make is these drugs that were being sold pose a significant danger to the health of the community," said Captain Mike Alexander with Metro Police.
Two store employees were arrested for selling the drugs. The owners, Said Ebrahim Fahim and Maged Youssef Milkhail from 1st Discount Tobacco, and Alaa Keliney from Dolphin Market are scheduled to appear in court Friday at 10 a.m.
Fahim and Milkhail also face a potential contempt of court violation since they are under a permanent injunction issued in July of 2012 after admitting to selling synthetic marijuana packets.