FORT WAYNE – Four people affiliated with two Fort Wayne businesses were jailed Monday on charges that they repeatedly sold synthetic marijuana from their stores, one of which was across the street from a school.
In early May, city police worked with a confidential informant and bought several packages of synthetic marijuana, or spice, for the next few weeks from One Stop Shop across the street from Ward Education Center on Warsaw Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The informant told police he could buy it from only one person at the store, but he would know if that employee was there by what cars were in the parking lot.
The informant later identified the person who sold him the spice as Naser S. Farrash, 43, and told police Farrash would keep the money from the spice transactions on him and not in the register.
Police used the informant to make more buys of spice from the store, which eventually led to police serving a search warrant at the business and at Farrash’s home.
As a result of the searches and previous buys, police arrested Farrash and his business partner, Mohammad Eid, 26.
Farrash, of the 2000 block of River Run Trail, faces four preliminary charges each of dealing a synthetic drug within 500 feet of a school and corrupt business influence.
He was being held Tuesday in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Eid, also of the 2000 block of River Run Trail, faces one preliminary charge of corrupt business influence. He was released Tuesday on $10,000 bond.
In a separate case, police worked with an informant and bought spice four times at the Variety and Tobacco Discount Store.
From mid-April to the end of May, the informant bought several brands of spice, according to the affidavit.
The informant told police he could buy the spice only if Ahmed A. Nasser, 24, or Abdulhameed A. Nasser, 25, were working – and was in fact denied by the older Nasser until the two were introduced by Ahmed Nasser.
Ahmed Nasser told police he sold spice to help keep the store open and sold about 100 packages every 10 days.
Ahmed Nasser was arrested on four preliminary counts of dealing a synthetic drug and one count of corrupt business influence. He was released on $20,000 bond, according to Allen County Lockup.
Abdulhameed Nasser was jailed on two preliminary counts of dealing a synthetic drug and one count of corrupt business influence. He was released on $15,000 bond.