December 21, 2014

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Former Shopway owner indicted

Thaer Mustafa

Thaer Mustafa

ELYRIA – Thaer Mustafa, the operator of IMT Wireless and former operator of Shopway, was indicted by a county grand jury for allegedly engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

IMT Wireless was raided by police on Dec. 5. Police said a search uncovered illegal gambling, counterfeit sales, drug trafficking and building code violations.

The building was closed until repairs are finished to bring it up to code.

Mustafa, 28, was charged with counterfeiting, gambling, three counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. His employee, Ernest Anderson, 52, was charged with trafficking marijuana, two counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia after the search.

Mustafa is the former operator of Shopway, which was shuttered by a county judge who declared the business a nuisance. Mustafa is facing charges of selling spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, at that business.

Police also accused Mustafa, while at Shopway, of food stamp fraud at the business while it was open.