CARRICK, Pa. - Channel 11 News cameras were there Thursday as police raided a local business and arrested the owner in connection with a synthetic marijuana operation.
Channel 11’s Alan Jennings was outside Zach’s Market on Brownsville Road in Carrick around 10:30 a.m. as officers removed several large boxes from the business. Officials said the search warrant also included the owner’s Beechview home.
Items confiscated included 50,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia, 30 pounds of synthetic marijuana, 300 packets of the drug that were ready for sale and one firearm, according to police.
The store owner, 51-year-old Ali Zoror, is in Allegheny County Jail facing a variety of drug-related charges.
Jennings talked with several regular shoppers at Zach’s who said they were disappointed to learn the store was closed.
“I’ve only lived up here for about a year, but through people I’ve met, they said this store has been under investigation for quite some time,” Chrislyn Peirtsh said.
Kimma Samon said she stops at the store almost every day for cigarettes.
“Always very friendly. If you were a regular there, they knew you by name and would have what you wanted ready,” Samon said.