Glendale Couple Charged With Selling Drugs In Exchange For Food Stamps, Cash

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PHOENIX – Bejar Sadiq Abdulaziz and Gretel De La Fuente Gamez have been charged by a State Grand Jury on charges of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Money Laundering, Illegal Control of an Enterprise, Theft, Assisting a Criminal Syndicate, Sale or Transportation of Dangerous Drugs, Sale or Transportation of Narcotic Drugs, and Unlawful Use of Food Stamps.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, starting in 2017, Abdulaziz and De La Fuente Gamez are accused of selling illegal drugs in exchange for food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or conducting these drug sales in exchange for cash.

The drug transactions are alleged to have occurred at the Azad Market, a Glendale convenience store owned and run by Abdulaziz and De La Fuente Gamez. The alleged transactions include cocaine, spice, methamphetamine, and THC vape cartridges.

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