OC Grand Jury indicts Vidor Store Clerks
On Nov. 16, 2011, Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints regarding the sell of synthetic marijuana and bath salts at Jr’s Mini Mart, located at 5320 North Main in Vidor, and at the Vidor Superette, located at 2410 North Main in Vidor.
Deputies drove to Jr’s Mini Mart and spoke with the clerk, Muhammad Ravail Sultan. Sultan denied the presence of any illegal substances in the store. He allowed deputies to search the premises. In doing so, deputies found several packages of Kush (synthetic marijuana) located in plain view under the counter near the cash register. These items were seized and later sent to the Jefferson County Crime Lab for analysis.
Deputies also drove to the Vidor Superette and spoke with the clerk, Kashif Hussen Shah. Shah also denied the presence of illegal substances in the store and allowed deputies to search the store. Upon doing so, deputies found several packages of Kush (synthetic marijuana) as well as packages of bath salts. These items were in plain view near the cash register. These items were also seized and later sent to the Jefferson County Crime Lab for analysis.
On Nov. 28, 2011 the Jefferson County Crime Lab positively identified the substances that were seized from both locations as substances that contained chemicals that are prohibitive for possession under the Texas Health and Safety Code.
On June 13 these cases were presented to the Orange County Grand Jury. As a result, Kashif Hussen Shah, age 31, was indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Muhammad Ravail Sultan, age 24, was indicted for Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoid both of which are felony offenses.
On June 14, deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office located Kashif Hussen Shah at his residence and arrested him for the outstanding warrant. Deputies went to the residence of Muhammad Ravail Sultan but he was not home. Sultan later turned himself in at the Orange County Correctional Facility and was arrested for the outstanding warrant. Bonds were set at $5000 each. Both suspects posted bond and have been released.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will continue to actively pursue store owners who fail to comply with state law and distribute bath salts or synthetic marijuana. Other arrests may still be pending as a result of this undercover operation.