Watford City store owner charged after selling drugs in Tobacco Depot

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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.
 

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