Watford City store owner charged after selling drugs in Tobacco Depot

Tobacco Depot_1495036417219.jpg

The owner of Tobacco Depot stores in Alexander and Watford City is now facing up to 40 years in prison.

Falesteni Abuhamda, who goes by the name Phil Hamda is charged with delivery within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, as well as other possession, delivery and manufacturing drug charges.
A McKenzie County Court document says that narcotics officers were first tipped off through a Facebook post on the store’s page.

A confidential informant purchased several products from both stores as a part of the investigation.
After products tested positive for Cannabidiol, The Northwest Narcotics Task Force went on to search both stores.
During the search they found marijuana that Hamda said was for personal use.
20 items were tested, Cannabidiol, Hashish, Cannabis and THC were the controlled substances found in the items.
Some of the items were not being sold, but were personal items of Hamda’s.
McKenzie County State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz says Hamda has been cooperative with law enforcement.

Schwarz said they chose to only charge him with items found in one of the stores, they did not choose to double the charges, because it didn’t make sense.
Hamda will enter his plea on the charges July 20th.
We have spoken to Hamda about the case throughout his process.

He tells us he thought everything on his shelves was legal to sell.

Hamda says he’s spoken to all of the companies that sold him the products tested, and they are all outraged over the process and have told him the products were legal for sale, and they will help him in the legal process.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Stories

More Local News

Recent Videos

Amber's Monday Morning #OneMinuteForecast 9/28

Monday's Forecast: Seasonable temperatures & breezy

Road to Recovery: From loss and pain to real joy


Top plays of the week

Minot property taxes: possible increase in 2021

Robert One Minute 9-27

Bismarck hospital capacity

Local reaction to the US Supreme Court nomination

COVID-19 ND Watch 9-27-20

WDA Swimming

Class B Volleyball

WDA Soccer

WDA Football

Robert One Minute 9-26

XWA Passes

Teens on the road to recovery

Art showcase

More Video

KX News Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss