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AG: D.C. shop must close after synthetic drug bust

WASHINGTON – A store in Northwest Washington must close its doors after a synthetic drug bust last year, according to the D.C. Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Riyad Market, located at 800 Upshur St. NW, must vacate the property by Nov. 13 following an agreement with the OAG and the property owners.

The closure comes after Narcotics and Special Investigations Division detectives and D.C. police searched the store in October 2014 and seized more than 500 packets of synthetic drugs.

OAG attorneys then contacted the owners of the property on Upshur Street, who were leasing the store to Riyad Market, and informed them that illegal activity was taking place.

According to the OAG, the owners of the property hired an attorney to initiate eviction action against the market. After several meetings, a judge resolved the case, with the owner of Riyad Market agreeing to vacate the property by Nov. 13.

“This is another example of how our office is willing to use every tool available to us – including working with property owners and community members – to stop the sale of these illegal and dangerous drugs,” Attorney General Racine said, in a release.

If the market owners do not vacate the property, the property owners can have them evicted.

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