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Metro Police Padlock Business For Synthetic Drug Sales

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Metro Police Padlock Business For Synthetic Drug Sales

CREATED Mar 27, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police shut down and padlocked a business in Nashville on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into synthetic drug sales.

Metro Police said Rum Wholesale at 1305 Dickerson Pike was deemed a public nuisance for repeated distribution of synthetic opiates.

The owner, 40-year-old Mohammed Amer, was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of counterfeit controlled substances with intent to sell. He will also be charged with felony tampering.

On March 17, three convenience stores in Nashville were shut down for allegedly selling liquid relaxation shots that contained mitragynine, a chemical specifically banned by Tennessee law because of its opiate characteristics. 

At that time, the stores, which included Discount Tobacco & Beer on Robinson Road, Madison Discount Tobacco & Beer on N. Gallatin Pike, and Litton's Corner Market on Gallatin Pike, were declared public nuisances and padlocked by order of the court.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Rum Wholesale was a supplier of the liquid shots. When they went to the business on March 17, they found an employee, 27-year-old Rabea Aldheleai, loading boxes of the illegal liquid shots into a BMW. 

Aldheleai told detectives that when Amer learned of the padlockings, he instructed Aldheleai to remove the products from Amer's business. 

Police recovered approximately 2,880 bottles of "Viva Zen" and 37 bottles of "Mr. Smiley Kratom Relaxation Shot" which sell for about $10 per bottle.

Aldheleai, 27, who was arrested on March 17, was also charged with possession of counterfeit controlled substances with intent to sell.  He was freed on $75,000 bond.

When he was arrested, Amer was free on $40,000 bond for his January arrest for delivery/distribution of counterfeit controlled substances and criminal simulation. Police had raided Rum Wholesale as a follow up to the January 22 padlocking of two markets that had been selling an illegal synthetic liquid designed to give users of electronic cigarettes a marijuana-type "high." During the execution of a search warrant at Rum Wholesale in January, detectives discovered 129 small bottles of the substance. Also found on the property were approximately 15,000 pieces of counterfeit merchandise with various NFL team logos.

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