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Man arrested, stores cited in illegal medication bust

Posted November 10, 2008

— State agents have arrested a Georgia man for allegedly importing illegal prescription drugs from South America and selling them to unlicensed stores throughout North Carolina.

An investigation by the Charlotte office of the state Alcohol Law Enforcement division led to the arrest last week of Fawaz Mustafa Jobeh, of 5532 Blue Ceder Drive, in Sugar Hill, Ga., officials said Monday.

ALE agents said they developed information on Jobeh during a seven-month investigation of Hispanic convenience stores that they said were selling prescription medication without a license. Agents cited approximately 25 stores – including some in Raleigh – for that violation.

"This is just regular employees, regular employees selling medicine,” an unidentified ALE agent said.

Agents learned that the stores were obtaining the medications from a Georgia man and that the man would be in Rowan County last week.

ALE agents said they followed the man, and Cabarrus County sheriff's deputies stopped him.

Deputies arrested Jobeh after finding him in possession of $3,000 worth of illegal prescriptions and $3,600 in U.S. currency, ALE officials said. Jobeh has been released from the Cabarrus County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

ALE agents say that Jobeh acted as a supplier, smuggling the medication into California and then distributing it.

Throughout the investigation, agents recovered $21,000 worth of medications, including penicillin, amoxicillin, birth control pills and pain relievers.


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  • ifcdirector Nov 11, 2008

    They are just supplying the illegal drugs that American stores won't.

  • whatusay Nov 11, 2008

    "I'm confused...shouldn't charges be brought against the store owners? Why are they getting off with just a fine?"
    Because if they charge them they will have to deport them. Only illegals convicted of a crime can be deported, and our government does not want that, especially since so many Americans are unemployed.

  • whatusay Nov 11, 2008

    "Agents learned that the stores were obtaining the medications from a Georgia man and that the man would be in Rowan County last week." ??????? quote in this article...not sure you can look for him last week.

  • MoroccoMole Nov 11, 2008

    I do not really have much problem with what they were doing. If I, as an informed consumer, need to buy some medicine, what is conceptually wrong with me being able to choose between (1) an expensive option that has all the institutional controls or (2) a considerably cheaper option that may be of questionable provenance? Provided I had the money I would normally select (1), but that may not always be an option, and I wouldn't mind access to the other one.

    Now set against that is the question of protecting those who may not have the money for option 1 from exploitation, but given that even our mighty official infrastructure cannot completely ensure that the drugs we buy from licensed sources are really what they are supposed to be, I do not find an openly-questionable-but-available option to be particularly offensive.

    Purists may say that only fixing the official system to support the less fortunate is acceptable, but I would rather they have access to SOMETHING than nothing

  • ncguy Nov 11, 2008

    I don't have a problem with that at all.

    Why is the U.S. the only country that can take a pill that costs 2 bucks to make and by the time we get it it's 20 bucks to buy.

  • clickclackity2 Nov 11, 2008

    I'm confused...shouldn't charges be brought against the store owners? Why are they getting off with just a fine?

  • bngexpress Nov 11, 2008

    we cannot stop the steady flow of criminal immigrants from coming to this country,we cannot stop them from using our social service systems, yet we can stop a man froms selling percsription drugs that just happen to come from south america?it's all a matter of whom is getting paid.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Nov 11, 2008

    Where in this article is illegal immigration mentioned? Plus you are not in a position to grasp the danger that is manifest in this criminal endeavor. You may care little about minority populations; however this is really about public health. Bogus medications do not just put the individual taking the medication at risk, but the rest of the population if bogus antibiotics help increase the growing number of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Please stick with bikes and please do not wear a helmut.--seankelly

    Are you a doctor seankelly? People who chose to buy these products are clearly afraid to go to the doctor and more likely here illegally. What is more of an health risk is the immunized Illegals here working in the fields and meat processing plants. Madbiker brought up a good question. Not everyone who is white and questions something is a racist. You might want to master spelling words like helmet.

  • ccs1920 Nov 11, 2008

    Already released on bond. He's gone. Welcome to the USA/The land of opportunity.

  • skaternum Nov 11, 2008

    Would it be asking too much for WRAL to tell us *which* Raleigh stores were involved??