WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Warren Police have charged two people Friday in connection with the city’s closure of Atlantic Beverages on Thursday.
Police charged Judeh Nassar and Mohammad Nassar with drug possession, a fifth-degree felony. A judge arraigned them and set their bond at $3,500.
The Warren Police Department Street Crimes Unit made several undercover buys of Oxycodone at the Atlantic Beverages store on Atlantic Street S.E. over the past several months, leading to the charges against the Nassars.
“In order to go this far, actually close something down, takes a lot of due diligence and a lot of investigation and a lot of man hours, but we are out there doing it. This is just the beginning,” Warren Law Director Greg Hicks said.
Police have been called to the store several times in the past for criminal activity. In 2013, 22-year-old Khaled Nassar was gunned down outside the store. Mayor Doug Franklin said this is just the beginning of Operation Clean Sweep.
“It is part of a comprehensive strategy to address issues like we see here, where there are a lot of complaints by the neighbors, shots fired calls, a lot of calls for response and reported drug activity,” Franklin said.
Neighbors said they are glad to see the liquor store shut down.
“I think it needed to do that a couple years ago, but I am glad you caught up with them. It is time,” one neighbor said.
Franklin said the city will be focusing all of its resources and attention on establishments like the liquor store.
“And just cleaning up all our neighborhoods as best we can,” he said.