C-Store Investigation Nets Drugs, Paraphernalia and Arrests
In August 2012 , Johnson County Sheriff’s Investigators visited two convenience stores in Johnson County, Missouri. Investigators informed the business owners that certain substances they were selling contained synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones and that the products were illegal. and seized approximately $5,000 in illegal substances from the two stores.
On September 10th, 2012 the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at the Quickmart BP convenience store located at 1601 NW 50 Highway Kingsville, Missouri. The search warrant was the result of Johnson County Sheriff’s Investigators working with Federal authorities in an attempt to stop the sales of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones in Johnson County.
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators seized several packages of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones, during the execution of the search warrant. Investigators further seized over 1000 pieces of drug paraphernalia inside the store, valued at over $18,000. Investigators seized over $5,000 in US currency believed to be profits of the illegal drug selling operation.
The store manager, 54-year old Rana Usman of Kansas City, Missouri was arrested at the scene after Johnson County Sheriff’s Investigators located fourteen packages of synthetic narcotics on his person. Usman was taken to the Johnson County Jail, where Investigators received a warrant charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, a class B Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute, a class D Felony. Usman’s bond was set at $25,000 and he is to turn over his passport as a special condition of his bond.
A store clerk, 48-year old Terri L. Fagan of Kingsville, Missouri was also arrested for Distribution of a Controlled Substance, a class B Felony. During this ongoing investigation, Investigators developed information about Fagan’s involvement in the distribution of a controlled substance at the convenience store.. Fagan was released pending the filing of formal charges.