Arroyo Grande shop owner arrested in sting operation
December 21, 2011
Deputies arrested an Arroyo Grande smoke shop owner after he allegedly sold alcohol and drug paraphernalia to a San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s department decoy during a sting operation on Friday.
Ghanem Ayass, 52, the owner of Mr. Smokes on Halcyon Road, allegedly sold a marijuana pipe and alcohol to a 19-year-old decoy even though his store’s permits do not include a liquor license.
Deputies also discovered pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, illegal throwing star weapons and a collection of brass knuckles.
Ayass was charged with weapon, narcotics, ABC and probation violations.