On Friday, April 27, 2012, Polk County Sheriff's undercover detectives served a search warrant at the 34th Street Mart located at 1915 34th street in Winter Haven, and arrested the owner, Ashraf Ali Abukhdeir (DOB 3/28/1976, of 17252 Madison Green Drive in Tampa) for Sale of Synthetic Cannaboids and other charges. During the execution of the search warrant, 32 packs of "K-2" were located and seized. The "K-2" sold in this particular store had brand names such as 'Heads Up,' 'Maui Wowie,' 'Knockout,' 'Down2earth Climaxxx' and '620.'
“We’ve been warning store owners and businesses in Polk County for well over a year not to sell these dangerous and illegal substances. We are very proud of the businesses that recognize that ‘K-2’ is illegal and they don’t sell it. For those who do sell it, we will charge them appropriately. We take this issue seriously, and will continue to monitor it and put those in jail who refuse to heed our warnings.” — Sheriff Grady Judd
The investigation began earlier this month when detectives received information about the illegal use of EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards in the store. A PCSO undercover detective went into the store and purchased several items from Abukhdeir, utilizing an illegal EBT card and PIN number, which Abukhdeir knew were illegal. During the transaction, Abukhdeir told the detective that he had "K-2" and marijuana, and that he sells "K-2" to customers.
During the month of April, several undercover detectives went into the store and purchased "K-2" from Abukhdeir. He also gave the detectives a small amount of marijuana.
When he was placed under arrest, Abukhdeir refused to talk to detectives and instead asked for an attorney. He has been booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with: 3 counts Sale of Imitation Controlled Substance; 4 counts Possession of Imitation Controlled Substance With Intent To Sell; 3 counts Possession of Imitation Controlled Substance; 1 count Possession of Cannabis Less than 20 Grams; 1 count Delivery of Cannabis; and 1 count Maintaining a Store for Drug Use/Sales.
Abukhdeir was arrested by PCSO exactly one month ago, March 27, 2012, for DWLSR, and Hillsborough County warrants for DWLSR, Failure to Appear (DWLSR), and Failure to Appear (Possession of Cannabis). He bonded out the same day.