Four men were arrested on various charges after narcotics agents from several agencies raided a Hattiesburg gas station on Wednesday.
Forrest County Sheriff Charlie Sims said after hearing that the proprietors of the store were selling Schedule I narcotics to juveniles, his office conducted several controlled buys and had the product tested. It came back as not the harmless CBD products they advertised, but as actual Schedule I drugs.
“That’s when we knew we needed to move fast,” he said.
12TH Circuit Court Metro Narcotics with assistance from the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, Hattiesburg Police Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control executed a search warrant on Fat Boy’s Quick Stop.
The warrant was the result of the ongoing investigation developed from tips and complaints from the public and local school officials about the store selling alcohol and illegal vape-related products to minors.
Several food coolers were also investigated, and a putrid smell was coming from some of them.
Products recovered from the sweep were sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab where they tested positive for controlled substances. In serving the warrant, agents seized numerous bottles of vape juice, all believed to contain controlled substances. In addition, the drug “khat”, which is a controlled substance, a firearm, and U.S. currency were seized.
The store owner, Akram Alhamidi was arrested for possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute. Odai Aldairi was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ab Anthony Aldairi is charged with child exploitation.Samer Khalaf faces charges of sale of alcohol to a minor.