Nicollet Tobacco was illegally selling synthetic pot; $232,000 cash, 80 pounds of drugs seized

Mokrane Rahim was allegedly selling K2 at his Nicollet Tobacco store.
Mokrane Rahim was allegedly selling K2 at his Nicollet Tobacco store.

In July, President Obama signed legislation banning synthetic pot. The new federal law came on the heels of repeated state-level efforts to crack down on synthetic drugs here in Minnesota.

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But that apparently didn't deter Mokrane Rahim, 30, owner of Nicollet Tobacco at 4614 Nicollet Avenue South. Following an undercover investigation, Rahim was arrested last week. More than 80 pounds of synthetic marijuana along with $232,000 in cash were seized.

From WCCO:

Police had been conducting an undercover narcotics investigation of a tobacco store on the 4600 block of Nicollet Avenue South in relation to the sale of the synthetic drug "K2," also known as "420." Authorities issued search warrants on the store and the owner's New Brighton residence after getting several tips about the operation.

One of those tips was an undercover police officer who purchased synthetic marijuana [specifically, K2 or "420"] from a clerk in the store four times, police said.

More from KARE:

Along with 80 pounds of synthetic drugs, team members seized over $190,000 in a suitcase at the suspect's home, and over $8000 from a microwave inside the business [a total of $232,000 in cash was seized]. Authorities also confiscated a Mercedes Benz and jewelry.

"During the undercover visits, an officer entered the store, asked for the 'big pack' and handed the cashier $40," Patch reports. "In return, the officer received a pre-packaged substance from a container marked '420 Cubed.'"

Rahim faces a felony fourth-degree synthetic drug sales charge, for which he could spend 15 years in prison and pay a $100,000 fine. He was released on $5,000 bond.

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