A Beechview man was arrested today after police said a three-year investigation showed that he was selling synthetic marijuana out of his Carrick convenience store.
Pittsburgh police and Pennsylvania State Police began the investigation into Ali Zoror, 51, after they received complaints from Carrick residents indicating that their children were buying synthetic marijuana from Zach's Market on Brownsville Road.
Detectives searched the market beginning at about 10:30 a.m. today and then searched Mr. Zoror's home over the course of several hours. During that time, they confiscated 30 pounds of synthetic marijuana, 50,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia and 300 packets of synthetic marijuana, Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.
"That's an amazing amount of items," she said.
Mr. Zoler was being held in the Allegheny County Jail tonight. Exactly what charges he will face is unclear as detectives on the case were still completing the arrest paperwork, Ms. Toler said.
While detectives searched his store this morning, several people tried to get inside to buy cigarettes, hoagies and other items. The store remained locked and a woman inside would not open the door to speak to anyone.