Store owner arrested on weapons charges, selling alcohol to minor
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a rural Arroyo Grande store owner for selling alcohol to a 19-year-old undercover minor on Friday.
Ghanem Melhem El Ayass, 52, owner of Mr. Smokes on Halcyon Road, allegedly sold alcohol to the undercover operative during a sting operation put on by SLO sheriffs.
The undercover minor who was working with the sheriff’s department purchased alcohol and a marijuana pipe from the Mr. Smokes store, which does not even have a license to sell alcohol.
According to the sheriff’s department, deputies entered the store to issue a citation about 7:30 p.m. and discovered narcotics paraphernalia. Included in their discovery were pipes used to smoke methamphetamine and illegal throwing star weapons and a collection of brass knuckles.
The owner was taken into custody and booked on weapon, narcotics, Alcoholic Beverage Control and probation violation.
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