Former market shut down by Knoxville police forfeited

Former market shut down by Knoxville police forfeited

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The forfeiture was the result of purchases of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the store, made by undercover officers. The forfeiture was the result of purchases of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the store, made by undercover officers.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Owners of Knoxville market that was closed by police in June because of drug and criminal activity will forfeit their business, a judge has ruled.

Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee on Tuesday signed the judgment that forfeits the former Bi-Lo Market and allows the state to sell it at public auction.

The market at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. was closed by order of the court.

Proceeds of the auction will go District Attorney General Randall Nichols's office and the Knoxville Police Department.

In filing the nuisance warrant, state attorneys said Bi-Lo Market not only failed to take steps to stop illegal activities, the owners encouraged and participated in them.

Bi-Lo Market was closed after undercover officers said they purchased synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia from clerks and owners of the business.

An investigation revealed the owners used drug proceeds to purchase the property.

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