In the search, police say they found the Old Village Trader was selling quantities of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as possessing prohibited weapons. Police found over 50 stun guns, 77 glass pipes and 20 pairs of brass knuckles among other items in the store, according to officials.
The store’s owner, Vincent April, 54, of Mount Pocono, was arrested on charges of possession and intent to sell drugs as well as criminal conspiracy. Charges are also pending against a store employee, Vanessa D’Elia, 23, of Tannersville.
All together police seized $1870 worth of synthetic marijuana, $1740 worth of drug paraphernalia and $1635 worth of weapons, officials say.
Later that day, officers executed a second warrant at Stogies Smoke Shop and found the store to be selling large amounts of synthetic marijuana along with other drug related items, police say.
Police say the investigation led them to a nearby home belonging to the store’s owners in Tobyhanna that was used as a “warehouse” for other drugs as well as firearms.
Store owners, Mohammed Feroz Khan, 32, and Abdullah Jabri, 38, both of East Stroudsburg, along with two employees, Farrukh Daniel, 46, of Tobyhanna and Mohammed Afroz Khan, 25, of East Stroudsburg, are facing a variety charges in connection with the bust, according to police. All four will be charged with criminal conspiracy and intent to distribute drugs.
At the store officials reportedly seized more than 90 scales, 415 “crack pipes”, 544 packages of synthetic marijuana, along with two hand guns, a shotgun and three rifles in the operation.
Overall, police took nearly $14,000 worth of synthetic drugs and $17,834 worth of paraphernalia being sold at the store.