December 20, 2014

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Operator of Shopway pleads not guilty

Thaer Mustafa

Thaer Mustafa

ELYRIA — Thaer Mustafa, the operator of IMT Wireless and former operator of Shopway, pleaded not guilty to a charge accusing him of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Mustafa was arraigned Thursday in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas for charges related to illegal gambling, counterfeit sales and drug trafficking at IMT Wireless, a business he operated on Broad Street.

IMT Wireless was raided by police Dec. 5, and Mustafa was charged with counterfeiting, gambling, three counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mustafa is the former operator of Shopway, which was shuttered by a county judge who declared the business a nuisance. Mustafa also 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.

A pre-trial hearing for Mustafa is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27 before Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi.