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Excise Police: Gary convenience store manager facing drug and gun charges

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Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested a Gary convenience store manager on gun and drug charges on Wednesday.

According to a statement released today, at 1 p.m. excise officers conducting a tobacco inspection at One Stop Grocery Store, 719 W. 45th Ave., found evidence of several weapons and drug violations.

As a result of that investigation, Mohamad Ali, 43, of Gary, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a handgun with obliterated serial number, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony punishable by a term of six months to three years; possession of marijuana over 30 grams, also a Class D felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, the Excise Police said.

“Excise officers seized a Ruger 9 mm handgun, from which the serial number had been removed,” the Excise Police said. “It was one of four guns discovered inside the business.”

In addition, the officers issued a citation to One Stop Grocery Store for violating Indiana’s Smoke-Free Air Law by allowing smoking inside the business, the Excise Police said.

“Often, state excise police officers discover serious criminal violations while performing their regulatory duties,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. “Their efforts reinforce the importance of how regulating alcohol, tobacco and Type II gaming ensures public safety.”

Excise officers were assisted in their investigation by the Gary Police Department.

Anyone with information concerning violations of Indiana’s alcohol or tobacco laws should contact the State Excise Police at (574) 264-9480.

“As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code,” the Excise Police said. “While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.”



Posted 1/16/2014