Market owners admit stores were run as public nuisances

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM

The operators of two convenience markets padlocked March 17 by Metro Nashville police now admit their stores were run as a public nuisance by repeatedly peddling liquid “relaxation shots” containing a chemical specifically banned by Tennessee law because of its opiate characteristics.

During an appearance before criminal court Judge Steve Dozier on Monday, Mina Yousef, listed owner of Market Discount Tobacco & Beer at 862 Robinson Road in Nashville, and Hanna Anki, listed owner of Litton’s Corner Market at 2830 Gallatin Pike in Nashville, agreed to the forfeiture of all money seized and destruction of the illegal “relaxation shots” seized from the stores. 

The markets will remain padlocked for 30 days. Dozier issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Yousef and Anki from maintaining a public nuisance anywhere in Davidson County. They have also agreed to pay court costs and the expenses of the police operation.  

“Markets throughout the city should be on notice that the police department and district attorney’s office are very serious about taking action against those who elect to sell these dangerous chemical concoctions,” Metro Nashville police Chief Steve Anderson said.  “Market owners who choose to deal in these inherently dangerous products risk being shut down.”  

Pending misdemeanor criminal charges against Yousef and Anki will be dismissed. 

A third market owner, Jimmy Patel, is out of the country and is scheduled to appear April 3 in court. His market, Madison Discount Tobacco & Beer at 1442 Gallatin Pike N. in Nashville, was also padlocked for selling the illegal liquid shots.        

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