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Raid at smoke shop leads to drug arrests

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Al-Mousa Abdulkhaliq  (Source: LMDC) Al-Mousa Abdulkhaliq (Source: LMDC)
Hazim Aldaraji (Source; LMDC) Hazim Aldaraji (Source; LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Marijuana, prescription pills, synthetic drugs and weapons found in a smoke shop Thursday led to the arrest of two men.

Executing a search warrant, detectives with Louisville Metro Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office raided the Third Street Smoke Shop on S. 3rd St. Road.

Inside, according to arrest records, they found "dozens and dozens" of packages of the synthetic drug known as spice, prescription pills of Xanax and hydrocodone, two pounds of marijuana and a Remington shotgun.

The spice was hidden in compartments around the sales counter where officers claim they also found money and drug paraphernalia. A drug-sniffing dog found the pot, police said, behind a cooler in a storage room.

A large pile of money was lying with the spice, arrest records allege, denominations of which police said was consistent with drug sales.

Of those arrested, police said they found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun stashed in 46-year-old Hazim Aldaraji's waistband.

Al-Mousa Abdulkhaliq, 36, was also arrested.

Both men have Louisville addresses and are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in a controlled substance/ synthetic drugs, trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in a schedule-three controlled substance.

Aldaraji is also charged with carrying a concealed a deadly weapon.

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