2 Metro-East liquor store owners charged in synthetic drug sting - KMOV.com

2 Metro-East liquor store owners charged in synthetic drug sting

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Two Metro-East liquor stores and their owners have been charged after authorities found they were selling banned synthetic drugs.

On Friday, the store owners of Dupo Fuel Mart and Bedwan Incorporated Max's One Stop were issued felony and misdemeanor charges related to the ongoing effort to combat synthetic drugs referred to as “K2” or “bath salts.” In addition, six other retail establishments have agreed to surrender items seized during the execution of search warrants.

“Law enforcement is getting these dangerous drugs off the shelves by any means we can under the law,” said Illinois State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. “Where it’s appropriate to work with businesses we will. Where the evidence and threat demand aggressive prosecution that’s what we’ll do.  Either way, these dangerous synthetic drugs must be removed.”

Dupo Fuel Mart, Inc. Dupo Fuel Mart ZX, and James Thevary, 54, were each indicted on one count of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, one count of Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, one count of Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute a Look-Alike Substance, one count of Sale of Drug Paraphernalia, one count of Permitting Unlawful Use of a Building, one count of Maintaining a Public Nuisance, and one count of Offering for Sale a Misbranded Article. Bond was set by the Honorable Judge Babka at $500,000.

Bedwan Incorporated Max’s One Stop and Mahmoud Bedwan of Belleville, Illinois were each indicted on one count of Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a Place of Worship, one count of Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, one count of Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute a Look-Alike Substance, one count of Sale of Drug Paraphernalia, one count of Permitting the Unlawful Use of a Building, one count of Maintaining a Public Nuisance, and one count of Offering for Sale a Misbranded Article. Bond was set by the Honorable Judge Babka at $500,000.

The following establishments signed a synthetic drug community protection agreement:

--Belleville Food Mart, 1424 Centerville Avenue, Belleville

--Sweitzer’s Stop and Go Liquor, 8700 Collinsville Road, Collinsville

--Belleville West Discount Cigarettes, 6007 West Main, Belleville

--Cheap Cigarettes and Tobacco, 314 Sherman Avenue, Belleville

--Cahokia Liquor, 527 State Route 3, Cahokia

--Jimmy Roy’s Incorporated, 9221 Beller Road, Mascoutah

--Sunshine Daydream, 4618 North Illinois, Fairview Heights

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