Convenience store owner held for possession of drugs

Published 11:30 am Friday, November 11, 2011

A Warren County man faces multiple drug charges after his arrest Thursday afternoon by a Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol trooper for speeding, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said Alwan M. Obed, 25, 1913 Heather Drive, faces county charges of possession of synthetic marijuana, also known as spice, and oxycontin, a schedule II narcotic. Pace said the drug charges stem from items found in Obed’s Toyota Tundra pickup and a search of his house after his arrest.

He said the search of Obed’s house turned up 5 ounces of spice valued at $3,850, 17 oxycontin tablets, a small amount of marijuana, a Wassr AK-47 assault rifle and two bulletproof vests.

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Obed was being held without bond in the Warren County Jail until an appearance in justice court Monday.

Pace said Obed is believed to be the owner of the A&G Sunshine Mart, also known as the Pecan Mart, a conven-ience store at Culkin and Freetown roads, which has been under investigation by the sheriff’s department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics for the sale of spice.

The store was raided by authorities on Aug. 26, resulting in the arrest of two men, the seizure of 7 pounds of spice, valued at $45,220, and the prescription drug Xanax. He said Obed was out of town at the time of the raid.

The events leading to Obed’s arrest began about 3 p.m. Thursday when a state trooper on his way home on Freetown Road near Heather Drive was passed by a white Toyota Tundra driving 82 mph in a 35 mph zone. The trooper turned his car around to catch the speeder, who turned on Heather Place.

The pickup turned into a drive at 1913 Heather Place and Obed jumped out and ran. The trooper caught him behind the house and arrested him. About that time, sheriff’s deputies arrived to assist, and a search of the truck revealed several packages of spice.

Pace said Obed gave the deputies permission to search his house, adding that when the deputies entered the home, they saw marijuana and spice. They stepped back out and got a search warrant before continuing their search.