LOCKPORT, La. (BRPROUD) – The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 19-year-old tobacco store owner for selling illegal products.

Narcotics agents began investigating 19-year-old Ahmed Alhusaini and his activity at HookaMania in October of last year. Agents were able to get vaping devices that were being sold at the store and submitted them to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for testing. The sheriff’s office says two devices have delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) while the other was found to contain a THC imitative classified as synthetic marijuana.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Alhusaini as well as a search warrant for the business on Crescent Avenue in Lockport. He was arrested on May 5 after agents arrived and found alleged THC vape cartridges, THC wax, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

He was booked on three warrants for the distribution of cannabinoids/synthetic marijuana. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting bail.

According to the sheriff’s office, the state legalized the sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products in 2019. CBD products must contain less than 0.3% of delta-9 THC. Because of that low amount of THC, CBD products can’t create the effect that comes with using marijuana. It’s illegal for vape cartridges to contain any level of THC, the sheriff’s office says.