LARGO — Three men were arrested Friday after what police said was a long undercover investigation into the sale of narcotics and the illegal trafficking of Electronic Benefit Transfer (food stamp) cards at a local convenience store.
After being tipped a year ago about activities by workers and managers at the Sunshine Food Mart, also known as the Super AM, Largo special operations officers began buying Spice and other synthetic marijuana products at the store at 1595 Seminole Blvd., police said.
The officers, with help from the state Department of Financial Services' public assistance fraud division, also sold traceable EBT cards to the store's workers for 50 cents on the dollar. The cards were used to buy food for the store and also were used by employees and their family members for personal food purchases.
On Friday morning, city police, fire and code enforcement officers along with state Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents and fraud officials raided the store, seizing drugs and illegally traded EBT cards.
They also arrested three men: Ibrahim Saraeb, 47; Amad Almadanali, 47, and Ali Saraeb-Perez, 25, on drug, counterfeiting and fraud charges.
The store was also cited for numerous code infractions.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and more felony charges are pending.