Shreveport business owner caught dealing drugs

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 4:50pm

A Shreveport business owner and another man are behind bars after they were allegedly caught in possession of synthetic marijuana Wednesday.

Agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force raided a house on the 1100 block of Gooseberry Hill and recovered more than 2,100 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, about $14,410 cash, two handguns and two rifles.

Sami Alshawakia, 35, was arrested for possession of schedule I with intent to distribute and illegal carrying of weapons. He was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center.

During a search at the Corner Store on the 600 block of E. 70th Street in Shreveport, agents found around 380 grams of marijuana, about $1,265 cash and one handgun. Wisam Sabatah, 30, of Bossier City, was arrested for distribution of schedule I and was booked into the Shreveport City Jail.


Further investigation of bank accounts resulted in the seizure of additional money, bringing the total amount of cash seized to approximately $28,000.

Ashawakia is believed to be the owner of the Corner Store.

The Task Force was assisted in the execution of the warrants by the Bossier City Police Department, Bossier Sheriff's Office, ATF Task Force, and Louisiana Alcohol & Tobacco Control.


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