LANCASTER – Baggies of loose Viagra and Vicodin pills, as well as bath salts and “spice” were just some of what deputies found when they raided a Lancaster convenience store Thursday afternoon.
The bust happened shortly after 12 p.m., when deputies served a search warrant at the Smoke Video & Market at 551 West Avenue J in Lancaster, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
“It was an investigation headed up by our LANCAP unit regarding possible illegal narcotics activity taking place inside this particular store,” Rust said, adding that residents’ complaints are what prompted the investigation.
During the search, deputies found a large amount of prescription drugs, synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia, Rust said.
“There were smoking devices for ingesting methamphetamines and scales and baggies, which is indicative of sales,” Rust said.
Deputies also found a large amount of electronics that appeared to be stolen, including cells phones and gaming systems, Rust said.
“The information is that they were buying or trading stolen electronics for goods out of there,” Rust said.
Store owner, 54-year-old Riad Dakhil, was arrested at the scene for possession of narcotics for sale and a host of other charges.
“He does possess a proper license for selling tobacco products, however, he’s selling untaxed products that he brought in from Syria, which is illegal,” Rust said. “He’s also operating a key duplication machine without proper state licensing.”
“So there’s a whole gamut of things that he’s doing wrong, but primarily, he’s selling illegal merchandise and narcotics out of this location,” Rust continued.
Authorities were planning to serve a secondary search warrant at Dakhil’s home later that day, because they believed there were more narcotics at that location, Rust added.