Prosecutors moved in a shut down three food marts in East St. Louis after they say the locations became a known area for synthetic drug sales.

The locations also developed a reputation for violence, with the most recent shooting attack happened at a store on Saturday night.

BND.com , a midwest news outlet, says that the convenience store on River Park Drive, across from East St. Louis City Hall, the owners were charged with selling controlled substances and peddling look-alike drugs, such as “Cloud Nine Mad Hatter Incense” which is a synthetic marijuana. Charges state they maintained a public nuisance and allowed the business to be used for illegal activities.

This may be the best way to remove these synthetic substances off the streets. Shutting down businesses, convenience stores, and gas stations, and arresting their proprietors.

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