Owner of Illegal Weed Stores Fined Over $400K

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The owner of eleven stores selling illegal cannabis – five of which are on the Upper West Side – will have to pay over $400,000 in related fines, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced on Tuesday.

Rami Alzandani will have to pay $103,000 to the Department of Tax and Finance and another $300,000 in illegally obtained proceeds. These amounts were agreed upon as part of a non-prosecution agreement.

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Four of his stores also pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession and were subject to additional $5,000 fines.

Alzandani’s stores include the following on the UWS:

  • Lincoln Convenience, 2047 Broadway between West 70th and 71st streets (which in August 2022 was robbed twice over the course of three days).
  • West Coast Convenience, 176 West 72nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues.
  • Jacks Convenience, 2812 Broadway between 108th and 109th streets.
  • Ignite Convenience, 214 West 72nd Street between West End and Broadway.
  • Amsterdam Varieties Corp, 228 Amsterdam Avenue at West 70th Street.

“Today there are fewer illegal cannabis shops on the Upper West Side thanks to DA Bragg,” said Council Member Gale Brewer. “Two of the stores were selling within half a block of three DOE schools and a public playground.

Alzandani’s stores will be subject to random, unannounced inspections over the next three years. He will also need to submit a written certificate confirming illegal pot is not being sold at his stores every three months.

Alzandani’s illegal cannabis sales were discovered through undercover purchases at all of his stores.


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