Police Arrest Local Business Owner For Selling Illegal Narcotics

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016, 13:46
Location: 9858 Leopard Street
Offense: Manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance (Health and Safety Code Section 481.113) 1st Degree Felony
Case Number: 1606300085

The Corpus Christi Police Narcotics Investigators conducted simultaneous search warrants at two local businesses and a Southside home Thursday afternoon in their campaign to combat the scourge of synthetic cannabis impacting our city.

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Corpus Christi Police Narcotics Investigators seized over eight pounds of synthetic cannabis, over $22,000 in cash, several computers, two handguns, cellular phones, receipts, and drug ledgers during the search of the two businesses.

The search warrants were the culmination of a lengthy undercover investigation into the illegal sales of synthetic cannabis from the two businesses, Tobacco Junction #1, 4346 Ayers Street and Tobacco Junction #2, 9858 Leopard Street. The home, in the 7700 block of Outreau Street, was the residence of the business owner, which Narcotics Investigators believe was also used as a home office for the two businesses.Officers from the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, Directed Patrol, and Bike Team assisted the Narcotics Investigators in this action.

Narcotics Investigators seized over eight pounds of synthetic cannabis, over $22,000 in cash, several computers, two handguns, cellular phones, receipts, and drug ledgers during the search of the two businesses.

Narcotics Investigators arrested the business owner, Shakir Abdul Memon (9-1-62) and employees Catalina Ceballos (2-14-71) and Eva Linda Delapaz (10-18-82). All three face felony charges of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony punishable by from five to ninety-nine years in prison.

Narcotics Investigators have maintained close communication with the Texas Attorney General’s Office throughout the course of the investigation, specifically in relation to suspected civil violations under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices–Consumer Protection Act and the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Under these statutes, violators can face civil penalties of up to $20,000 per package of synthetic cannabis. On Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office in District Court filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order against Tobacco Junction, asking the court to issue a cease and desist order to prevent the business from continuing operations.

Narcotics Investigators believe this operation will result in a major disruption to the flow of synthetic cannabis within the city, and will hopefully send a message to other business owners who are either selling or considering selling this toxic product.