GLENDALE (3TV/CBS 5) – Owners of a Glendale convenience store have been arrested for allegedly selling illegal drugs in exchange for food stamps and cash.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Bejar Sadiq Abdulaziz and Gretel De La Fuente Gamez are accused of selling drugs in exchange for food stamps, SNAP benefits, or cash since 2017.
The exchanges, which involved cocaine, spice, meth, and THC vape cartridges, allegedly occurred at the Azad Market near 55th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale Avenue. The convenience store was owned and run by Abdulaziz and Gamez. According to Google maps, it is permanently closed. When Arizona's Family called, we learned the store's phone number is disconnected.
A state grand jury indicted Abdulaziz and Gamez on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, money laundering, illegal control of an enterprise, theft, assisting a criminal syndicate, sale or transportation of dangerous/narcotic drugs, and unlawful use of food stamps.
The charges are based on an investigation conducted by detectives with the Drug Enforcement Bureau of the Phoenix Police Department, special agents with the U.S Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Inspector General.