A Greenville man faces 40 years in prison after being convicted by a Washington County jury for trafficking approximately 10 pounds of a controlled substance.

According to Attorney General Jim Hood, 48 year old Mohamed Anagi Mohamed was convicted Thursday on one count of Drug Trafficking.

In 2015, investigators found Mohammed selling a controlled substance known as Khat from both his business, the Hakims Mini Mart, and his home.

Other items seized were consistent with the sale of controlled substances, including digital scales.

After he was found guilty, Mohamed was remanded into the custody of the Washington County Correctional Facility...

He is awaiting his sentencing date which will be set by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines.

The drug "Khat" is popular in Somalia, Ethiopia and yemen ;sold in plant or dried form.

It is a plant that contains a powerful central nervous system stimulant, and chronic use has been known to cause delusions, violence, suicidal depression and paranoid delusions.

This investigation started as a counterfeit drug investigation and developed into a large controlled substance case revealing this defendant was selling khat from his convenience store in $100 quantities.

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