Officers with the Alcorn County Narcotics Unit arrested Nagi Musaid Alkafi, 59, of 753 Highway 45, Corinth, with the sale of the Synthetic Marijuana out of a back room of the 45 Truck Stop near Biggersville.
Officers confiscated 87 packs of Spice being sold for anywhere from $30-$40, 27 $100 bills and more than a thousand pipes at the business.The pipes, which came in all sorts and sizes, were being sold from $11 to $80 each.
“This is the biggest arrest we have made as far as Spice wise,” said investigator Darrell Hopkins.
A search warrant was issued at 9:30 a.m. Friday for the truck stop. Alkafi remained in custody at the Alcorn County Justice Complex as of Friday afternoon on a $15,000 bond.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Spice refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as “safe,” legal alternatives to that drug.
Sold under many names, including K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and others – and labeled “not for human consumption” — these products contain dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives that are responsible for their psychoactive (mind-altering) effects.
“An informant had purchased several times from Alkafi,” said Hopkins. “He asked for the actual drug and this is what he sold him.”
The truck stop is owned by Alkafi’s son. The 59-year-old runs the business and lives in the back.
“We want to encourage individuals to continue to contact us if they know of any illegal activity,” said Hopkins. “We also want them to be patient because some chases take longer to work than others.”
Alcorn County Sheriff’s Deputies Mike Billingsley, Lucas Wooten and David Derrick and investigator Jason Willis all assisted in the case, as well as Constable Roger Voyles.
The investigation is ongoing with the unit working in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office.