Sheriff: Eatery bought stolen meat worth nearly $3K for $755

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An undercover operation has netted a restaurant owner accused of buying stolen meat for low prices. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports 57-year-old Samer Tobea was arrested Wednesday after Knox County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at The Round Up. An arrest warrant says Tobea made eight illegal buys from KCSO informants and an undercover officer between Aug. 24 and Sept. 8, purchasing $2,960.44 worth of merchandise for $755. Knox County Sheriff's Office Assistant Chief Lee Tramel says the business had been doing this for a couple years. Tobea bought the South Knoxville mainstay in 2002. Tramel says purchasing stolen goods perpetuates the drug trade as most sellers are drug addicts. A health inspector accompanying the raid destroyed 50 pounds of meat. It's unclear if Tobea has a lawyer. ___ Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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