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Police find 5 pounds of marijuana in tobacco shop; owner pleads guilty


Police find 5 pounds of marijuana in tobacco shop; owner pleads guiltyAn Accomack County tobacco shop owner pleaded guilty to marijuana charges after police found more than 5 pounds of the drug at his New Church business.Mustafa Odai, 37, of New Church was in Accomack County court March 21 to face charges of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.The court heard that the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the Tobacco Outlet on Route 13 in New Church in August 2017.Inside, they found a substantial amount of marijuanabelonging to Mustafa, said Assistant Commonwealths Attorney Randy Fultz. Officersfound four large vacuum-sealed bags containing whatlater proved to be marijuana, said Fultz.They also found sandwich bags, $8,360 in cash, a digital scale and several cellphones.Buy PhotoAccomack County General District Court (Photo: Staff photo by Carol Vaughn)Glass smoking devices, considered drug paraphernalia, were on sale and in public view in thestore, Fultz said.Officers found a pound of marijuana in one area of the store, andMustafa told officers he paid $2,100 for the pound and said it was for his own use, the court was told. He told them he smoked a pound a month, the court heard.Another package containing more than 4 pounds of marijuana was found in another location in the store, the court heard.Mustafatold officers he bought 12 pounds and was going to sell 3 pounds to another person, the court was told.Defense attorney Carl Bundick asked that Mustafa be allowed to continue on bond. He said his clienthad no criminal history and had been



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