Shop owner accused of selling drugs

Published Oct 12, 2017 at 12:00pm

Michael’s Market & Deli on West Dominick Street sold a variety of subs, groceries, clothing and, according to law enforcement officials, crack cocaine.

Market owner Michael Stevens, age 41, was taken into custody following a drug raid at the shop at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Quantities of crack and marijuana were seized from the store at 418 W. Dominick St., police stated. A digital scale, packaging materials and a quantity of cash were also seized.

Stevens, of 313 Kossuth St., is charged with one count each of third and fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, authorities said. He was arraigned in City Court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court.

According to the market’s Facebook page, they opened for business on Aug. 8. Investigators said Stevens sold drugs at the store.

The police department’s Special Investigation Unit conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Detective Division and the Patrol Division.