HARRISVILLE -- A Harrisville business owner has been arrested by police for allegedly selling spice-- an illegal form of synthetic marijuana.
Mohammed Ali Al-Eid, 39, operator of the Smoke Shop, 539 N. Harrisville Road, is charged with two counts of distributing, offering, arranging the distribution of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Al-Eid is being held in Weber County Jail without bond because he is awaiting trial on similar charges stemming from a separate July 2012 police raid at the Smoke Shop.
Harrisville police received a tip in April the Smoke Shop was again selling spice.
Police also learned a Harrisville woman was buying and using spice obtained from the Smoke Shop, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Detective Mark Wilson.
Police found spice packaging in trash belonging to the woman, who lives on 2300 North, and executed a search warrant at her residence, where a quantity of the substance was found, the affidavit states.
The woman told police she got spice from a man who had obtained it from the Smoke Shop.
She also agreed to make a spice buy from the man, an action monitored by police.
The man, who was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, agreed to participate with police in an undercover operation at the Smoke Shop.
While police monitored the operation, the man bought spice from Al-Eid at the Smoke Shop on Monday and Tuesday, the affidavit states. A search warrant was then executed at the Smoke Shop, and more than 100 packages of spice were seized.
The spice is valued at about $1,600. The Smoke Shop had its business license revoked and was permanently closed Thursday by municipal officials, said Harrisville Police Chief Max Jackson.