HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton and Newport News police assisted Homeland Security and I.C.E. with executing a warrant at Sara Market Monday morning.
WAVY News was at the scene at 312 South Back River Road, where there were at least eight vehicles from different agencies. Agents removed boxes and a computer monitor from the store, and some people boarded up the business after agents left.
A building manager told WAVY News he received a call from the city of Hampton telling him the store was being condemned. A spokeswoman for Hampton confirmed the store was condemned for “unsafe conditions.”
Investigators said the raid was tied to the case of 54-year-old Nader Abdallah, who appeared in Norfolk Federal Court Monday afternoon. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute spice, or synthetic marijuana, as well as making false statements. According to an indictment, prosecutors said he and co-defendant 31-year-old Sharif Abdallah, who was scheduled to appear in a New York court Monday, sold spice from the Red Barn in Newport News. Sharif Abdallah was charged with conspiracy to distribute spice or synthetic marijuana in relation to the warrant executed at Sara Market on Monday.
Both were arrested Monday and each face a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison if convicted.
Investigators said the search warrant was one of three being executed across the area Monday.