Restaurant shut down for alleged drug sales

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The doors at Ann's Soul Food restaurant are closed Thursday night after a court order. A complaint filed by the Commonwealth's Attorney alleges it to be a place where illegal drugs are quite frequently sold.

"It's a drug haven and so based on the drug nuisance, based on the transactions that are creating the nuisance for the community we are seeking to have the nuisance enjoined or stopped," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Ann Cabell Baskervill.

The complaint, signed by Baskervill, accuses the owner of the restaurant, Alexander Sally, of being aware that drug deals were taking place in his facility. While the sign on the door says drug free zone, several drug related arrest say otherwise.

"In the restaurant itself there have been dozens," said Baskervill. "There have been about 3 dozen arrests in the past year actually inside the restaurant based on drug sales that have occurred inside."

At Sally's listed address no one was home to offer an explanation for the charges. Baskervill believes Sally was somehow involved in the drug transactions there.

When asked if he made money off the transactions Baskervill said, "You know I think of it as kind of rent you know? An entrance fee. An entrance fee and rent."

While she does not believe shutting down Ann's Soul Food will end the drug problem in the area she believes it's the beginning.

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