Two arrests made in joint law enforcement raid

Raleigh — United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that Criminal Complaints were unsealed today that charged two Henderson men, Abdullah Ahmed Almuwallad and Mohamed Mohamed Nagi, with federal crimes.

Almuwallad, 32, has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cathinone, a controlled substance and aiding and abetting, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1);, and interstate transportation of stolen property, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2314.

Nagi, 33, has been charged with unlawfully using, transferring and possessing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards benefits, commonly known as “Food Stamps”, in an unauthorized manner, in violation of Title 7, United States Code, Section 2024; converting to personal use, or the use of others, goods and property of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641; and obtaining money by false pretenses, and wire fraud causing United States Government funds to be transferred by wire in furtherance of this scheme, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.

At the initial appearance this morning, the court ordered the defendants temporarily detained.

According to the Criminal Complaint filed concerning Almuwallad, on July 7, 2010, the Henderson Police Department was alerted officers notified the United States Postal Service that boxes containing possible controlled substances had been shipped to A & A Mini Mart, a convenience store that is owned by Almuwallad’s family. From July, 2010, until October, 2010, Almuwallad was under surveillance when traveling interstate afterwhich several controlled purchases were arranged with Almuwallad.

According to the complaint concerning Nagi, in August, 2010, law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of EBT cards to another individual. Later, at the College Station Mart, one of the cards was redeemed. The College Station Mart is a convenience store co-owned by Nagi. For a month, from October, 2010, to November, 2010, controlled buys were arranged in which Nagi purchased eleven EBT cards, with the cards being redeemed.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Department of Agriculture, and Food and Nutrition Service; and the Henderson Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Sebastian Kielmanovich represented the government.