D.C. Store Closed for Selling Synthetic Drugs

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected.

A store in D.C.'s Bloomingdale neighborhood has been closed for a year for selling synthetic drugs.

Aida's Electronics on Florida Avenue was the site of multiple synthetic drug seizures, D.C.'s Attorney General said in a statement.

That same statement said an employee at the store was shot, which police believe may have been related to a drug sale. 

The owner of the store, William Early, is a retired D.C. police officer, according to the attorney general. Attorneys for the office have been pursuing litigation against Early since November 2014.

Attorney General Karl Racine got a court to order an injunction against the store, which prevents Early -- or anyone else -- from operating Aida's for a year, prevents Early from opening another store in a different location, cancels his business license for a year and orders him to pay $1,200 to the District's Drug, Firearm or Prostitution-Related Nuisance Abatement Fund.

The Attorney General's office had tried to get Early to stop selling synthetics, entering into a deal with him in which he agreed to close the store for six months and stop selling synthetics. But Early reopened the store under a new name less than one month later, violating the agreement, the Attorney General said.

Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a tough new law allowing police to temporarily close or fine businesses for selling synthetic drugs.

However, this store was closed under previous legislation.

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