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AG: Couple indicted for allegedly trading drugs for food stamps

Posted: 12:21 PM, Jan 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-14 16:54:32-05
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GLENDALE, AZ — A couple has been indicted for allegedly trading illegal drugs for food stamps at the Azad Market in Glendale.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office reports that a grand jury has indicted Bejar Sadiq Abdulaziz and Gretel De La Fuente Gamez for fraud, money laundering, unlawful use of food stamps, and various drug-related charges.

Investigators say that since 2017, the couple was selling illegal drugs in exchange for food stamps or SNAP benefits. The sales reportedly took place at the Azad Market near 51st Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

Investigators say the drugs included cocaine, spice, meth and THC vape cartridges.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Bureau of the Phoenix Police Department, along with special agents from the United States Department of Agriculture.