Two Jacksonville tobacco shop operators have been arrested for possessing spice and bath salts after a new law went into effect Wednesday.
They were arrested Thursday.
Ammo Ahmed, manager of the Tobacco House on Country Club Road, was charged with felony possession of Schedule I and Schedule VI controlled substances. He was placed in the Onslow County Jail with a $5,000 secured bond.
Answar Alsaidi, 37, owner of D’s Drive Through on Wilmington Highway, was charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture, deliver; maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substances and possession of schedule vi drug. He was also given a $5,000 secured bond.
Police say they seized a total of 43 grams of bath salts and 145 grams of spice at the two businesses.
City police, NCIS agents and state ALE agents checked 21 tobacco shops to make sure they complied with the new law. “We will not tolerate the sale, distribution or use of these dangerous synthetic drugs in our community and will strictly enforce the law”, said Chief Mike Yaniero.