Boulevard smoke shop accused of dealing drugs – Thousand Oaks Acorn
Friday, April 8, 2022
TO Acorn Staff
THE REAL STUFF—Police say clerks at Baked Blvd Smoke Box in Thousand Oaks sold illegal narcotics under the table.
Two people were arrested March 25 in connection with suspected illegal drug sales at a Thousand Oaks business, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.
More arrests are expected soon, Detective Jacob Holt said.
Deputies arrested George Temie, 22, of Ventura and Kamil Achkar, 42, of Oxnard on suspicion of various narcotics charges after an investigation into Baked Blvd Smoke Box.
Following a tip that the Thousand Oaks Boulevard store was selling marijuana and illegal drugs as well as selling tobacco to minors, detectives investigated the T.O. store plus two Wild Tobacco smoke shops owned by the same person in Ventura.
Undercover officers were able to buy drugs, including ketamine, an anesthetic known on the street as “special K,” the sheriff’s office said. Detectives were also able to confirm that all three shops were selling marijuana, VCSO said.
During a warrant-approved search of the shops, detectives found a total of around 20 pounds of marijuana, 1 pound of psilocybin mushrooms, an ounce of ketamine, THC vapes and edibles, a pound of cannabis wax and 2 ounces of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly.
Holt said he was not surprised that a smoke shop would be trading illegally on the black market as the sheriff’s office, in the last six months or so, has been receiving tips about various shops selling.
“This is kind of the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “Our hope is anyone else who is selling from smoke shops catches wind of this and stops.”
In addition to the three stores, warrants were served at four homes, including that of the owner of the stores, who Holt expects to be charged by the district attorney’s office soon.
Holt said on Tuesday that the owner was out of the country when the warrant was served.
“There’s definitely probable cause to make the arrest, but the DA will decide that,” he said.
Temie and Achkar were booked into the county’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Sheriff’s office records indicate both have been released on bail.
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