A raid on an Old Goucher corner store this week netted more than 16 pounds of suspected fentanyl and 13 pounds of suspected morphine, according to preliminary police estimates provided Wednesday.
Two men affiliated with the store have been charged with drug distribution, according to Baltimore police and court records.
Ahmed Alraohani, 49, and Sharif Shaibi, 22, both of the 5600 block of Hamlet Ave. in the city’s Hamilton Hills neighborhood, have each been charged with fentanyl distribution and six other drug-related offenses, according to court records.
Both were ordered held without bail Wednesday.
Neither could be reached for comment, and neither had an attorney listed in court records.
Baltimore Police called in a hazmat team Tuesday after finding what they suspect is a “substantial amount” of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl at a discount store in the city’s Old Goucher neighborhood.
The raid Tuesday on the Charles Village Discount Mart, which only recently opened at the corner of West 22nd and North Charles streets, was based on a search-and-seizure warrant obtained after a community tip prompted an undercover investigation, police said.
How Alraohani and Shaibi are affiliated with the store was unclear. Police would not elaborate on the connection, other than to say there was an affiliation.
The raid drew substantial attention in Old Goucher, in part because a hazmat team was called in to secure the drugs — a precaution based on the dangerous nature of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is deadly in small amounts.
Capt. Jarron Jackson, a police spokesman, said police have since estimated that they recovered 7,500 grams of suspected fentanyl, or about 16.5 pounds, and 6,000 grams of suspected morphine, or about 13.2 pounds.
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Also recovered were various packaging materials, such as vials, small containers, plastic tubes, clear gelatin capsules, and small plastic bags, Jackson said. Other containers with false bottoms were also discovered.
A substantial amount of a cutting agent, used to mix with the drugs, was found. In addition, about $2,000 in cash was seized, Jackson said.
Jackson said the investigation was continuing Wednesday.
“This is like investigating the branches of a tree,” he said. “I’m sure other investigations will spin out of this one.”