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East Syracuse store manager charged with selling illegal tobacco products and untaxed cigarettes

DeWitt, NY – The manager of an east Syracuse convenience store was arrested last week, a year and a half after DeWitt police received reports that the store was selling illegal CBD products and unregistered cigarettes. taxed.

Amer Alameri, manager of the Xpress Mart at 601 W. Manlius St. in the village of East Syracuse, was arrested on Friday.

DeWitt police say they began investigating the case in July 2020 after receiving reports alleging Xpress Mart was selling illegal CBD products and untaxed cigarettes, as well as a complaint that a minor may have purchased a electronic cigarette in the store, according to a press release. .

From July 2020 to March 2021, Dewitt Police investigators conducted “several hours of surveillance, as well as controlled purchases of illegal cigarettes and THC oils at this location,” the statement said.

On March 11, Dewitt police executed a search warrant at the Xpress Mart and confiscated 98 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, 173 packs of untaxed cigarettes, 322 items of concentrated cannabis (THC) and $2,440, the police said. police.

DeWitt police last week charged Alameri with fourth degree felony possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree felony sale of a controlled substance, possession of more than 10,000 unstamped or unlawfully stamped cigarettes to purposes of sale and fifth degree criminal tax evasion. .

Alameri was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center until arraigned. He was no longer in jail as of Monday evening, records show.

The DeWitt Police Department is asking anyone with information about the East Syracuse Xpress Mart investigation to call them at (315) 449-3640 or email [email protected]

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