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(Dexter) (AP) – A southeast Missouri county has agreed to pay $50,000 to the owners of a convenience store to settle a lawsuit over a raid that confiscated what authorities called synthetic drugs.

The store, Tootie’s 225 in Dexter, sued Stoddard County, its sheriff and prosecuting attorney over the July 2011 raid. Tootie’s 225 was among six convenience stores targeted in an investigation of synthetic drugs.

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that three of the other stores previously settled similar lawsuits for amounts ranging from $15,000 to $30,000. The suits contended violation of the stores’ constitutional rights.

Prosecutor Russ Oliver says the suit with Tootie’s 225 was settled to avoid the legal costs of a trial.

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