East Knoxville mini-mart temporarily shut down under nuisance law

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox Co. District Attorney's Office and Knoxville Police have shut down an east Knoxville convenience store saying it was "rampant with illegal drug activity." Authorities served the Magnolia Mini-Mart, 2400 E. Magnolia, with a temporary injunction under the public nuisance law.

The District Attorney's Office sought the injunction, claiming Knoxville Police have received over 700 calls since August 2008 for crimes ranging from carjackings, robberies, shootings, stabbings, and drug-related crimes. The business itself has also been cited multiple times for selling alcohol to minors.

They did not say for how long the store will be closed.

Officials said this is the tenth petition they've served as they try "to make neighborhoods safer from the activities that affect (residents) safety and quality of life."

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