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Tobacco store manager charged, synthetic marijuana seized

WILLMAR -- The manager of the Tobacco Stop on South First Street in Willmar was arrested for selling synthetic marijuana, and what were described as "large amounts'' of a substance suspected of being the illegal product were seized during a search of the business on Thursday, according to the Willmar Police Department.

Store manager Karim Wazwaz, 29, of Willmar, was arrested, processed and released after being charged with violating the state's drug law for synthetic cannabinoid, according to information from Police Chief David Wyffels.

Agents with the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force were assisted by officers with the Willmar Police Department and Central Minnesota Task Force in the search at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday at the business, located at 2211 First Street South.

Law enforcement had received numerous complaints that the Tobacco Shop was selling synthetic marijuana. It was made illegal in Minnesota in July.

Large amounts of a manufactured substance suspected of being illegal synthetic marijuana, along with items defined as drug paraphernalia, were seized, according to the report. An investigation regarding those involved in the selling of the illegal substance through the store is continuing.