Buchanan Street Market Closed by Authorities

Buchanan Street's Star Market was shut down due to ongoing criminal activities; two owners arrested.

Detectives have shut down and padlocked the Star Market on Buchanan Street under a state nuisance law, resulting in the arrest of two of its owners. The closure follows a series of disturbances including drug deals, gunshots, and fights at the location.

The Star Market, located at 1613 Buchanan Street, has been the subject of a public nuisance temporary injunction and padlocking order issued by Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier. The District Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD), secured the court order. Early this morning, detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, along with officers from SWAT, the North and West Precincts, the Fraud and Pawn Units, and members of TBI HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas), executed the closure.

Chief John Drake remarked, “This extreme action is not taken lightly, but is absolutely necessary as we work to restore peace and quiet in this neighborhood as well as reduce the drain on North Precinct resources being caused by this property.”

The operators of Star Market, Bolis Boktor, 44, Basem Farag, 43, and Atef Abdelmaseh, 51, are accused of ignoring the peace of the neighborhood and the safety of the public. The MNPD has documented numerous criminal activities involving patrons and others associated with the market, such as fighting, shootings, drug use, and vandalism, leading to over 60 documented police responses since August 2022.

In August 2022, the MNPD and the District Attorney’s Office met with the market’s operators to address the ongoing issues. Despite assurances to remedy the situation, complaints and police calls continued, culminating in today’s action.

Detective Mike Collazo provided an affidavit detailing 424 police responses to the Star Market between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2024.

Simultaneously, MNPD detectives executed a search warrant at F & B Mart on Clarksville Pike, owned by Boktor and Farag. An investigation revealed that the owners were involved in purchasing and reselling stolen merchandise. The items, valued at $10,999.28, were sold for $890.

Boktor and Farag were arrested on charges of money laundering, organized retail crime, and attempted theft of property.

Related images of the individuals and the closed market can be viewed [here](http://nashace.prod.acquia-sites.com/sites/default/files/2024-06/Bolis%20Boktor.jpg), [here](http://nashace.prod.acquia-sites.com/sites/default/files/2024-06/Basem%20Farag.jpg), and [here](http://nashace.prod.acquia-sites.com/sites/default/files/2024-06/Star%20Market%20Closed.jpg).

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