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Four Arrests, Three Nashville Stores Padlocked in Synthetic Opiate Sting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A fourth arrest is made in a synthetic opiate drug sting, after police padlock three Nashville businesses and arrest the owners.

Rabea Aldheleai, 27, was booked Monday night on a synthetic derivatives of methcathinone violation, according to the Metro police report. When police arrived at RUM Cash & Carry at 1305 Dickerson Pike, the employee was loading up a car with 20 cases of an illegal substance containing 2,880 bottles of a product that is known to mimic the effects of opiates.

Aldheleai told police that his bosses instructed him to remove the products after he received information about the execution of the padlock orders.

Earlier in the day, Market Discount Tobacco & Beer at 862 Robinson Road, Madison Discount Tobacco & Beer at 1442 Gallatin Pike North and Litton's Coner Market at 2830 Gallatin Pike were padlocked for selling the merchandise. The three store owners, Mina Yousef, Jimmy Patel and Hanna Anki, were also arrested.

The employees of the padlocked businesses told police during questioning that the shots containing the illegal substance were purchased from RUM Cash & Carry.

Police say about 1,000 bottles were seized from another business, FAB Wholesale on Fernco Drive.

The Tennessee Legislature in 2013 declared Mitragynine and chemicals like it to be illegal, making it a crime to manufacture, distribute or sell in substances.

The three padlocked markets will remain closed until the owners' court date on March 24.

More arrests are possible.

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