NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Nashville business owner is in custody following a raid by Metro police Thursday afternoon.

The operation was carried out at the Smoke Depot on Stewarts Ferry Pike.

Police say the MNPD Fraud/Pawn Unit had been investigating the location since November. They allege Amir Safa Keriakes, 41, knowingly purchased approximately $7,300 in stolen cigarettes, alcohol and other household goods.

Amir Safa Keriakes (MNPD)

Undercover detectives carried out five operations where they “sold” Keriakes more than $7,300 worth of goods that were clearly indicated as stolen retail products. He then resold some of those items during buy-back operations.

They also say Keriakes “would place verbal orders for cigarette products and alcohol that he wished to acquire in future purchases.”

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He is facing charges of money laundering and felony theft. He is being held on a $40,000 bond.