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Hideaway cited for selling drug paraphernalia

The Hideaway Smoke Shop on Coulee Road received 52 separate citations Monday from the Hudson Police Department for allegedly having drug paraphernalia among their inventory .

The fines total more than $12,400 and were issued to store owner Wael Sakallah. The items that generated the citations are glass pipes and "one-hitters," according to HPD Chief Marty Jensen. Since the shop opened late last year, the police have been checking in to see if the pipes or what what they consider drug paraphernalia were for sale at the store.

Jensen said the pipes just showed up after Christmas in the store.

The HPD issued 25 similar citations last summer to Left of Center on Second Street and the case is currently being heard in St. Croix County court.

Look for more details in the Jan. 17 Star-Observer.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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