Gee’s Market Caught Selling KHAT and Unauthorized Cigarettes
As I’m sure many residents in the community already know, Gee’s Market (located at Warder and Otis Pl, NW) was busted for selling KHAT as well as unauthorized cigarettes over the weekend. With Gee’s located directly across the street from both the Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School and the Park View Recreation Center, this news is particularly troubling.
To put this event in greater context, last year following another issue with Gee’s I requested a copy of ABRA’s investigative history on the business and was given the following:
- 1/3/12: Case #12-CMP-00066, Intoxicated patrons; Sale to minors or intoxicated persons.
- 9/22/11: Case #11-CC-00073, Sale to minor on 8/20/11; No ABC manager on duty. 10/26/11: The Board requested a Show Cause Hearing. 2/29/12: The Board scheduled a Show Cause Hearing for 4/11/12.
- 7/23/10: Case #10-CMP-00524, Posting and carrying of Licenses, legible lettering, Citation #2395, Warning.
- 1/21/10: Case #10-CC-00023, Sale to Minor on 1/2/10. 3/17/10: The Board determined a Letter of Warning to be sent and referred to the staff for settlement for No ABC Manager on duty charge. 11/10/11: $250 fine paid.
The outcome of the January 3rd violation was that the ABC Board accepted an Offer in Compromise on a charge of Sale to Minor for Gee’s Market. Gee’s paid a $2,000 fine and had its license suspended for five days.
I have reached out to ABRA to see how the events of this past weekend will impact Gee’s but have not yet had a response. The full MPD 3D announcement is below:
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During this past weekend, members of the Third District’s Crime Suppression Unit conducted a robbery prevention operation that brought them to the areas surrounding the 3500 block of Warder Street. The officers were able to observe activity that led them inside of “GEE Market” located at 3583 Warder. Further investigation led to the discovery and seizure of approximately 50 pounds of KHAT as well as several cartons of cigarettes not authorized to be sold in the District of Columbia. As a result, there were numerous arrests and the investigation will continue on. Thanks to any and all the citizens that provided useful information relating to this case. Anyone with additional information relating to this matter or any other suspicious activity is encouraged to call (202) 727-9099.