Police: Pot growing operation discovered at Liberty Twp. business

LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – Police plan to charge two suspects accused of growing pot in the basement of their business in Liberty Township.

According to a police report, someone called police to complain about a marijuana grow operation in the basement of Ohio Liquidation on Belmont Avenue.

The owner of the building told an officer that he rents the property to 24-year-old Hamza Abdelqader, of Youngstown, and 21-year-old Emad Mahmoud, of Niles, for their business.

Both Abdelqader and Mahmoud are veterans and opened the store nearly a year ago.

After a search of the building around 12:30 p.m. Monday, the officer found three potted marijuana plants and equipment used to grow it, according to the police report.

He later talked to both men and said they admitted to buying supplies online about six weeks ago to grow marijuana.

The officer told Abdelqader and Mahmoud that they will be charged with cultivating in marijuana and possession of criminal tools.

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