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FBI agents search four Henderson convenience stores

Posted December 9, 2010
Updated December 10, 2010

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— Agents with the FBI and the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement searched four convenience stores and a house in the Henderson area Thursday, but they declined to say why.

Abdo Saleh, who owns two of the stores, said the agents were investigating food stamp fraud and stolen cigarettes.

Saleh said the agents spent about five hours at his two stores – Dabney Pit Stop on 555 Dabney Drive and Brothers Food Mart on 525 S. William St. – and went through store receipts and books. The agents also took cash from the safe, he said.

Saleh said neither he nor his employees are involved in food stamp fraud or stolen cigarettes.

The owner of the third store did not want to comment. WRAL News was trying to contact the owner of the fourth store and the house.


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  • allie19 Dec 10, 2010

    Gas stations? OK now what comes to mind first there?

  • Gg1979 Dec 10, 2010

    They just had a big bust in Palm Beach FL same thing! As a foreigner when I go to certain countries I can’t by properties so we need to do the same. The programs that where made to help people I agree but so many people abuse it. There where some apartments(section 8 complex, I worked everyday for the Govt.) in TX this women was there when I moved in she is still there her total time has been over 35 years she needs to go back to the projects cinder block type.

  • lapj Dec 10, 2010

    I have family in Henderson & the rumor-mill there is saying that money was being funneled to Yemen. I have no clue if that is correct, but it would explain why FBI is involved...

  • kikinc Dec 10, 2010

    bopeace-Those programs may have been started to help elders and children from starving, but they're abused across the board these days. I think that's what most people are fed up with. It's one thing to lose your job and need a bit of help to feed your family. It's another thing to live off the system. There are people who have been on food stamps for years, live in section 8 housing, yet drive Escalades. That's what disgusts people.

  • LibertarianTechie Dec 10, 2010

    GetRight, not if the food stamp fraud crosses state lines; it almost automatically becomes a federal issue.

  • bopeace1999 Dec 10, 2010

    Ugly words gwally - esp. for someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. RE:"...vote buying programs for liberal/entitlement democratic politicians ..." Those programs were designed to keep elders and children from starving. But maybe you didn't know that.

  • Rockermom Dec 10, 2010

    It was the STORE OWNER of two of the stores who stated they were there because of food stamps and tobacco fraud. I'm sure there was more to it considering the manpower, helicopters, and investigative teams. Of course, the store owner is not going to say exactly why they were there.

  • kikinc Dec 10, 2010

    gvmntcheese-Nice tie in.

  • tommys5 Dec 10, 2010

    Stores run by middle easterners have for years been accused of peddling cigarettes to stores run by family and friends in northern states then laundering the money back to the middle east.

  • simplyme29 Dec 10, 2010