• Investigation leads to smoke shop closure, arrest of manager allegedly selling drugs to minors

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. - A two-month investigation by the Maple Valley Police Department led to the closure of a smoke shop and arrest of the manager, who allegedly was selling alcohol, marijuana and narcotics to minors, police said. 

    The investigation into Cigar Land Smoke Shop, located in the 22100 block of Southeast 237 St., was conducted with assistance of the King County Sheriff's Office.

    Police had received multiple complaints that the manager, a 29-year-old man from Federal Way, was selling alcohol and drugs to underage kids. While undercover, police purchased prescription pills, marijuana, heroin and cocaine from the manager. 

    Detectives served a search warrant on the shop Friday and arrested the manager. During the search more drugs were found, including cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana products. The smoke shop does not have a license to sell marijuana. During the time of the warrant, three underage kids were in the store attempting to buy tobacco products and discussing pricing for other drugs. 

    The shop was closed by the Liquor Control Board and the manager was booked into King County Jail for multiple felony counts of narcotics violations. 

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