Santa Fe boutique back open after FBI raid

Posted at: 09/30/2013 10:37 AM
Updated at: 09/30/2013 10:42 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com


Photo: KOB File Photo

SANTA FE -- A Santa Fe boutique is back open after an FBI drug raid last week.

The Drug Enforcement Administration raided the Heavenly Boutique, located off West San Francisco Street. Officers seized around 7,300 mg of Oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, during the investigation.

The raid followed a 16-count federal indictment against the boutique's owner, 30-year-old Ashraf Nassar.

According to an arrest warrant, Nassar used the store to launder money. He and four other people from Santa Fe were arrested on charges of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and facilitating drug trafficking crimes by phone.

If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each of the Oxycodone charges. They also face a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the drug trafficking by phone counts.

"The abuse of prescription drugs, such as Oxycodone, is a serious problem in Santa Fe County and it leads all too often to addiction, shattered lives, and even death," First Judicial District Attorney Angela R. Pacheco said. "It is in the interest of public safety, especially that of our young people, that the law enforcement community work together to target those who illegally distribute these pharmaceuticals in order to prevent future abuse and prescription drug overdoses throughout New Mexico."

A DEA supervisor told KOB's media partner, The Santa Fe New Mexican, that there was nothing preventing Heavenly Boutique from reopening after the raid.