KNOXVILLE, TN (WVLT) - Knox County's Attorney General's office worked with the Knoxville Police Department Wednesday night to shut down the Quick Stop Mart on Magnolia Avenue after an investigation showed the store was selling synthetic drugs.
The closure was the seventh for synthetic drugs. The D.A.'s office has made an effort to crack down on these sells, especially since new laws made the crime a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
The D.A.'s office has been closing nuisance properties for two years. These are businesses conducting activities deemed detrimental to the community including the illegal sale of drugs, alcohol and prostitution.
Helen Wimbley runs the ABC Kiddie Academy Childcare center down the street from the Quick Mart.
"It's a good place," said Helen of her East Knoxville neighborhood.
But she believes business will improve as the D.A. and police continue to clean up crime.
"We would have a better clientele. We would have more people to come in and feel comfortable enough to bring their children in," said Wimbley
According to the D.A.'s office, Quick Stop owner Mustafa Mohammed El-Zabet has 5 days to request a hearing with Judge Steve Sword, the judge issuing the nuisance injunction.