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Auburn Smoke Shop Closes its Doors


A smoke shop that has been the site of numerous complaints, a raid, and an attempted robbery has closed.

The Auburn Smoke Shop on 67 Franklin Street has seemingly shut its doors for good.

A raid in February 2022 saw over 18-thousand illegal items seized from the shop, including marijuana, untaxed cigarettes, and flavored vape products. As a result, the shop’s owner, Mahamad Algamal, and property manager, Zakarya Alharbi, were arrested.

Michael Clardy was convicted of attempting to rob the shop with a gun on New Year’s Eve 2021.

Hearings were scheduled for the Nuisance Abatement Committee’s meeting for March and last December; however, the December hearing was tabled as the smoke shop was set to vacate the property in February. With the store’s apparent closure, a hearing was not held.

City Counsel Nate Garland suggested a hearing for the property be set for next month’s meeting in the event that the shop reopens.

The March meeting can be viewed on the city’s website.



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