Smoke Shop Raided By Vice Unit In Riverside

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The bust came after the Riverside Police Department allegedly “received numerous complaints” over the last several months.

RIVERSIDE, CA — A downtown Riverside smoke shop was raided last week over community complaints of alleged illegal activity, police announced.

The Riverside Police Department’s vice unit served a search warrant Thursday at DTOWN Smoke Shop, 3466 University Avenue. Inside, investigators allegedly found evidence of illegal gambling and narcotics activities. A store employee was found in possession of suspected cocaine and a loaded firearm, police said.

Items allegedly seized during the May 9 search warrant service at DTOWN Smoke Shop. (Riverside Police Dept.)

Agents with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration also opened an investigation into DTOWN Smoke Shop over alleged illegal sales and use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis products.

Thursday’s bust came after the Riverside Police Department allegedly “received numerous complaints” over the last several months of possible illegal activity at the establishment.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact the RPD vice unit at [email protected].

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