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Metro Police Padlock 3 Stores As Public Nuisances

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Nashville stores were padlocked as public nuisances Monday in unrelated investigations. 

Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department shuttered the Stop and Shop Tobacco and Beer on White Bridge Road around 11:15 a.m. and confiscated multiple cases of beer. Police said the padlock order was in response to the store's repeated sales of beer to underage teens. 

In November, the Nashville Prevention Partnership help setup an undercover sting with Metro Police after learning students from Montgomery Bell Academy, Ensworth High School, and Father Ryan High School had been going to the store since April. The code was when students used the phrase "$40 and a case of beer."

Undercover video showed a 19-year-old going up to the clerk and asking for a case of beer. At first, the clerk denied the sale, but later sold it to him after the decoy, who had the camera mounted on a button, said he went to Belmont and used the "code." At least three other underage sales were also documented.

In the other two cases, police said the markets were among a number of other Nashville convenience markets that have been the subject of nuisance padlocking orders for dealing in synthetic marijuana products.

In the Kwik Stop Super Mercado case, owner Osama Hezkyal, 36, is alleged to have sold 20 packages of a synthetic marijuana product known as 7H to a police operative on November 21. 

Hezkyal is also the operator of Nashville Discount Tobacco & Beer Market.  On November 18, a police operative purchased 20 packages of 7H from Hezkyal at that store. On December 3, detectives stopped a person outside the market in possession of 21 packages of 7H, who told police  the material came from Hezkyal who told him to sell 20 packages for $600 and keep one package for himself.

Hezkyal was also arrested in April for selling two packages of 7H to a police operative. 

All owners will appear in court Tuesday at 10 a.m. before Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier, who issued the temporary injunctions and padlocking orders.

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