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Crime Trackers: Smoke shop busted, owner arrested

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Some Tucson neighbors say “enough is enough”, and Tucson Police Department heard their cry. They busted the “Up in the Clouds” Smoke Shop for the alleged sale of spice.

The owner and two others were arrested, charged with several counts of possession. The smoke shop is located near Fort Lowell Road and Stone Avenue. It has no sign or address, but police said there was a lot of activity going on.

They investigated the business for three months. The result, they arrested the owner, 26-year-old Hakin Rahim, 19-year-old Sayed Khilwati and 22-year-old Ruben Pereida.

"We want to shut these places down," Lt. James Scott of the Tucson Police Department. "Some of the approaches of the past, we don't want to step on the tail of the snake we want to cut the head off."

Scott is with the Counter Narcotics Alliance, a multi-agency organization. What his detectives did is exactly what people who live and work in the area wanted.

Shane Cummings was among those who were practicing at the Aikido, Monday night, when the bust took place at the smoke shop. 

"They're a magnet for drug  activity," he said. "We don't really need them. They’re  gone. It's good."

Other people we spoke with say they are elated TPD busted the shop and made arrests. However, there is this overwhelming fear of retaliation, that is why they asked us not to show their business or their faces.

“I'm excited, I think it's best thing that's happened in a long time," said a man who asked to not be identified.

He said the smoke shop opened nearly a year ago. Since then, there has been nothing but problems.

“We can't leave. We got people hanging out, passing out. We've called 911 numerous times to have them come, to have paramedics come," he said. "It's bad for business it's bad for the neighborhood.”

The good that came out of this he added. “The police department has been wonderful about taking care of the problems. We're really appreciative to them because I know they have a tough job to do.”

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