EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) – The owners of three Crown Food Marts in East St. Louis who faced numerous charges have agreed to give up several of their assets in an agreement with the state’s attorney’s office.
The Saint Clair County state’s attorney earlier in April charged the stores and some of their employees with 57 counts of criminal conduct.
The charges include possession and intent to deliver illegal drugs, and maintaining a public nuisance.
During the investigation at Crown Food Marts, agents seized a wide variety of synthetic drugs and pills that were labeled “Viagra.”
As part the agreement with the state, the owners agreed to surrender $40,000 of the cash seized in a raid, have an armed security guard at all three location from 9 p.m. to closing and maintain a camera system at each of the three properties.
The owners also agreed to have increasing penalties for violating the agreement, with them paying $500 for the first offense, $1,000 for a second and $2,000 for a third. Any more offenses beyond that would cost the owners $5,000.