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Washington County store owner arrested for sale of controlled substance

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.

Mohamed Anagi Mohamed, 44, of Greenville, is charged with the sale of a schedule III controlled substance following a search warrant executed on his business, the Hakims Mini Mart, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

During a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Criminal Interdiction Unit of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Greenville Police Department, agents executed  a search warrant  on Mohamed’s business, the Hakims Mini Mart.  Agents seized about ten pounds of what appeared to be an illegal stimulant known as “Khat” at both the store and Mohamed’s home. Khat is popular in Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen.  It is a plant which contains a powerful central nervous system stimulant, and chronic use has been known to cause grandiose delusions, violence, suicidal depression and paranoid delusions. The leaves and stem tips are chewed, and Khat is sold either as a plant or in dried form. 

Mohamed is accused of selling Khat from the store in $100 quantities. Other items seized are consistent with the sale of controlled substances, including digital scales. This investigation started as a counterfeit drug investigation and developed into a large controlled substance case.

“I am not commenting on this particular case. However, we have intel that money made from the sale of Khat and other similar recreational drugs often sold in convenience stores, is moving back to Europe and the Middle East to fund mechanisms of terrorism,” said Attorney General Hood.

If convicted, Mohamed faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being investigated by Investigator Lee McDivitt and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley of the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division.

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