Owners arrested for synthetic marijuana
S&B Food Mart on Shreveport Road will be closed for business for a while after Minden Police raided the store and the owner's residence simultaneously, Thursday, seizing synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Chief Steve Cropper said warrants were served following a three-month investigation where undercover purchases of the substance were made at S&B Food Mart.
Luai Ibrahim Abdelsalam, 26, of the 200 block of West Union was arrested at his residence on three distribution warrants, possession of Sch. I with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His brother, Wael Ibrahim Abdelsalam, 21, was arrested at the store, which he lists as his residence, on a charge of possession of Sch. I synthetic marijuana, with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"We obtained search warrants for the store, residence and Luai Abdelsalam's bank account, and we hit the residence and store at the same time," Cropper said. "Luai was at his residence at the time. He was arrested without incident."
Just after 10 a.m., Sgt. Chris Cheatham, Lt. Tim Morris, Sgt. Wayne Young and Ofc. Shawn Jenkins conducted a search of the residence, while Cropper, Capt. Marvin Garrett, Lt. Dan Weaver, Ofc. Danny Turner and Ofc. Chase Wimberly hit the store and Sgt. Keith King, Jr., delivered a warrant to Abdelsalam's bank in order to freeze his accounts.
"The brother, Wael, was at the store," Cropper said. "He was very cooperative and admitted they were selling the synthetic marijuana. He even showed us where it was hidden in the store. When we asked him why he was doing it, he said he was being stupid."
With the combination of search warrants, police seized $11,165 in cash, 63 packages of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia being sold from the store.
"Sold separately and not in relation to illegal narcotics, some of the items are not illegal," Cropper said. "We found boxes and boxes of glass crack pipes, small plastic bags, razor blades and digital scales that look like cell phones. They were selling bottles of urine to use to pass a drug test, and drinks that are supposed to clear your urine if you have to take a drug test."
The brothers were booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.