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Downtown Edwardsville shop raided; police say it sold cannabis oil

Exterior of the El Tigre shop in downtown Edwardsville
Exterior of the El Tigre shop in downtown Edwardsville Steve Nagy

A drug task force raided a downtown Edwardsville shop suspected of selling cannabis oils, according to a police affidavit.

Agents with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois — a regional drug task force — raided the El Tigre shop after receiving an anonymous tip about cannabis oil being sold there, the affidavit states.

The affidavit was filed by MEGSI Special Agent Michael Conrad as part of an application for a warrant to search the shop. The search resulted in the seizure of dozens of products.

It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday whether any charges had been filed in connection with the raid. Neither the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office nor MEGSI officials immediately returned calls for comment. A person who answered a call to the shop Thursday morning declined comment.

Conrad’s affidavit said MEGSI agents conducted two undercover buys at El Tigre — 108 East Vandalia St. — in late March and late April. In both instances, the officers reported purchasing cannabidiol edibles and oil — products made from marijuana plant extracts, according to the affidavit.

Products seized during the raid included items with names such as “Green Roads Sweet and Relaxing Edible Men CBD 25MG,” “CBD Shatter Assorted Flavors 450MG” and “Green Roads CBD Shatter 450MG.”

Police logged 67 items confiscated from the store, from alleged drugs to paperwork regarding the store’s sales.

The shop, located less than a half-mile from several county buildings including the courthouse and the sheriff’s office, describes itself as convenience and tobacco store.

Circuit Judge Kyle Nap approved MEGSI’s request for a search warrant, giving investigators authority to search for any items that would be evidence of possessing cannabis with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of cannabis, tax fraud, sales tax evasion and money laundering.

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