Aug 13, 2015 3:32 PM
CONCORD - The door is locked and the open sign isn't flashing at Dillon’s Pizza in downtown Concord on Depot Street.
And police said it's going to stay that way.
Other downtown shop owners told NH1 News they had their suspicions that the pizza shop was never going to open up there.
“He didn’t even get to open his shop to the public or even sell a slice of pizza,” said April Gardner who knows Dillon's Pizza owner Kurt Dillion, 26.
Dillon was arrested last month after police raided the shop and found a "substantial" amount of cocaine and marijuana.
He was charged with conspiracy to sell a controlled drug and two counts of possession with intent to distribute both cocaine and marijuana.
But not everyone was aware of the pizza shop that never opened.
“It was like a front for drugs that they were selling, but it got closed down before it could even open?” asked Tyler Scanchez, who lives in Concord.
Police had suspicions about Dillon when an officer learned he was previously involved in a case where Kurt was charged with possession of marijuana and three counts of sales in 2006.
But friends said Kurt isn't the problem, but - maybe - he was just mixed up with the wrong people. They said he's innocent this time around, and all he wanted was to get his new life on track with a new business.
“I feel pretty confident in him because he knows he's been doing good," Gardener said. "And people around him know he's been doing good."
Police said by the look of it, Dillon had every intent of setting up an actual pizza shop - even starting a Kickstarter page asking for help with equipment.
But fellow shop owners told NH1 News that he admitted to them that he didn't know much about the business he was running.
We could not find the business registration with the state of New Hampshire.
On Thursday, shop owners still said there is still a lot of foot traffic for the pot and cocaine he was allegedly selling in the back.
“It wasn’t open and people would go in there and be like, ‘oh what’s up with this?’ ” Scanchez said.
People still can't believe it was all right in plain view.
“That's mind blowing for sure,” Scanchez said.
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