An undercover raid of a south Minneapolis tobacco shop led to the seizure of $232,000 in cash and more than 80 lbs of synthetic marijuana.
Since the beginning of November, Minneapolis police have been conducting an undercover narcotics investigation into a tobacco store near the intersection of 46th and Nicollet Ave. S. in relation to the sale of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or 420.
During this operation, an undercover Minneapolis police officer purchased synthetic marijuana from a clerk in the store four times.
Search warrants were issued for both the tobacco shop and the clerk's home in New Brighton. On Wednesday, the search warrants were executed in a combined operation of the Minneapolis and New Brighton Police Departments, transit police, the DEA and the FBI.
More than 80 pounds of synthetic marijuana, $232,000 in cash, a Mercedes Benz and jewelry were seized during the search warrants. More than $190,000 was found in a suitcase at the home and more than $8,000 had been stashed in the tobacco shop's microwave.
The store clerk and resident of the home, 30-year-old Mokrane Rahim, was arrested on narcotic charges. Rahim was charged with fourth-degree sale of a controlled substance to a police officer. Other charges may be considered.
Rahim posted $5,000 bond and was released on Tuesday.