2 arrested in Hollywood strip mall drug bust

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police raided a South Florida strip mall, Wednesday afternoon, where detectives said drugs were being sold.

Hollywood Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit executed two search warrants at the strip mall located along Federal Highway.

At least one was a narcotics warrant. They executed the search warrants after being tipped off that drugs were being sold there, according to Hollywood Police.

Inside they found a valid liquor license under a different business name.

One convenience store and an adjoining space was selling narcotics and being used as living quarters, police said.

Police arrested two people at the scene. There could be more arrests, police said.

The shops are now closed down.

A storeowner who works at a shop across the street said the mall is located in a rough area. Therefore, he was glad to see police stepping up.

“They had to clean the neighborhood here because it was really bad once in a while,” explained the storeowner. “It was really bad, you’d see those girls yelling at each other and fighting — it’s not good for me.”

Still, he said he was surprised by the raid.

“Police was right there, and they was in the back, and I heard yelling and I heard breaking down,” he said, “and when I was there, it was everything breaking down, and I was surprised too, you know.”

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