Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Tampa man accused of having synthetic marijuana at shop

TEMPLE TERRACE — The vice president of a smoke shop was arrested Friday, accused of having synthetic marijuana at the business, police said.

Haitham Mousa Amso, 44, of Tampa was arrested after Temple Terrace police detectives executed a search warrant at Smoke and Pipes, police said.

On March 27, the business at 8908 N 56th St. received a notice from police regarding the ban of synthetic drugs. But on May 28, detectives said, they found more than 200 packets at the shop.

In an undercover investigation launched after the May 28 incident, detectives reported observing the business continuing to sell and possess the drugs, police said.

On Friday, detectives said, they also found nearly 500 packets of synthetic marijuana behind the sales counter.

Amso faces a charge of possession of controlled substances, police said. He remained in jail Friday in lieu of $17,500 bail, records show.

An investigation remained under way.

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