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Shreveport business fined $50,000

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SHREVEPORT, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) Commissioner Troy Hebert has revoked the tobacco permit held by Rizka Inc. d/b/a Line Avenue Quick Stop, located at 600 E. 70th St., Shreveport, and imposed a $50,000 monetary penalty based on a finding that the business posed a grave threat to the public safety by distributing synthetic illegal substances.

The Shreveport/Caddo Narcotics Task Force recently led an investigation, along with ATC agents, into the business that resulted in the seizure of at least 1,363 packs of illegal synthetic substances; much of which was hidden in the ceiling inside the business. The evidence obtained during the investigation was the basis for the Commissioner's ruling at yesterday's administrative hearing.

Rizka Inc. took over Line Avenue Quick Stop and obtained a tobacco permit last May after the previous owner's alcohol permit was also revoked for selling synthetic marijuana. Rizka Inc. does not hold an alcoholic beverage permit.

"ATC takes a zero-tolerance stance against illegal synthetic substances and will continue to impose strong penalties on businesses holding alcohol and tobacco permits that choose to sell them," said Hebert.

 

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