A smoke shop clerk in Maple Valley had been arrested for allegedly selling narcotics to minors after an undercover police investigation.
The Maple Valley Police Department, with the assistance of the King County Sheriff’s Office, concluded a two month investigation into the Cigar Land Smoke Shop, located at 22100 block of Southeast 237 Street in Maple Valley, according to a police press release. Police received numerous complaints the smoke shop manager, a 29-year-old male from Federal Way, was selling alcohol, marijuana and narcotics to underage kids in the area.
During the investigation, undercover detectives were able to purchase prescription pills, marijuana, heroin and cocaine from the store manager, according to the press release. Detectives, with the assistance of Liquor Control Agents, served a search warrant on the smoke shop Friday morning, Sept. 13, and arrested the store clerk.
Inside the business with a search warrant police found more narcotics, including cocaine and ecstasy. Marijuana buds and products (edibles and dabs), were also found, the press release states. The smoke shop is not legally licensed to sell marijuana.
At the time of the manager’s arrest, three underage kids were in the store attempting to buy tobacco products from him and discussing prices for harder drugs. The Liquor Control Board has done an emergency closure of the business.
The clerk was booked into the King County Jail for multiple felony counts for narcotics violations.