KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Knoxville judge has ruled that a former market shut down last summer by police because of drug and criminal activity will be forfeited to the state and sold at public auction.
District Attorney General Randall Nichols said in a news release that Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee on Tuesday signed the judgment to forfeit the former Bi-Lo Market, which was closed by order of the court last June. It will be sold at auction and proceeds will go the district attorney's office and Knoxville police.
Police said undercover officers purchased synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the clerks and owners of the business and an investigation revealed the owners used drug proceeds to purchase the property.
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