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home : news : local   May 29, 2016

9/10/2013 9:15:00 AM
Police raid smoke shops


NewsTribune photo/Genna OrdPeru police Sgt. Dennis Hocking emerges from Peru Smoke Shop, 1825 Fourth St., after executing a La Salle County search warrant in which synthetic cannabis was seized. A simultaneous search warrant was executed at Spring Valley Smoke Shop, 109 E. St. Paul St., Spring Valley, and synthetic cannabis was seized there, too.
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NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
Peru police Sgt. Dennis Hocking emerges from Peru Smoke Shop, 1825 Fourth St., after executing a La Salle County search warrant in which synthetic cannabis was seized. A simultaneous search warrant was executed at Spring Valley Smoke Shop, 109 E. St. Paul St., Spring Valley, and synthetic cannabis was seized there, too.
Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



Peru and Spring Valley police raided a pair of smoke shops today, and both agencies seized synthetic cannabis after executing search warrants.

Peru police arrived at Peru Smoke Shop, located a block away from Peru City Hall, bearing a La Salle County search warrant around 9 a.m. today. Detective Sgt. Dennis Hocking confirmed that two individuals were led away from the scene including the store owner, who could face charges in connection with the contraband seized.

A name and preliminary charge was not disclosed before press time.

A second individual, identified only as a female store clerk or cashier, also was detained but only for questioning. Hocking said he did not anticipate charges against her.

Meanwhile, a simultaneous search warrant was executed at Spring Valley Smoke Shop in downtown Spring Valley.

The owner, Ibrahim Abu-Roumi, 63, of Spring Valley was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony carrying 2-5 years in prison. Bond is set at $15,000.
Two more individuals were detained, Spring Valley police chief Kevin Sangston said, but charges are under review.

Employees at both shops were charged with illegal activity in 2012.

A Peru man pleaded guilty last September to felony obstructing justice for falsely reporting a robbery at Peru Smoke Shop on Jan. 23.

Also last year, a Rochelle man pleaded guilty in La Salle and Bureau counties to selling illegal “bath salts” through his employment at the Spring Valley Smoke Shop, which at that time was Ned’s and was under different management.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.










Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Diane

Is there a reason a city council can not deny a business license to these places?

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