King’s Grocery at 1098 Springdale St. between Vollintine and Chelsea was closed temporarily by court order after police said store employees condoned the sale of marijuana in plain view on the premises.
Environmental Court/General Sessions Court Division 14 Referee John Cameron granted a request for a temporary injunction filed by Gen. Weirich, City Atty. Bruce McMullen, Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Asst. Memphis City Prosecutors William L Gibbons Jr. and Kenya Hooks.
The store’s owner, Khalid A. Abdi, made an initial appearance in court Tuesday (May 2.) The case was continued to Friday.
“This petition is filed in an effort to stop what appears to be a long-term and worsening problem of criminal activity at King’s,” said Gen. Weirich. “The property is an uncontrolled danger and a nuisance, serving as a haven for extensive drug-related sales and activity, criminal disturbances, and other dangerous behavior.”
Members of the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit said that between March of 2015 and March of 2016 officers responded to 77 calls at King’s for drug trafficking, assaults, auto theft and two incidents of fraud.
King’s Grocery is .2 miles from Springdale Baptist Church, .3 miles from LSC Daycare and .3 miles from KIPP Academy.