Yesterday, the owner of a Convenience store in our city, Hagerstown, MD, was arrested on suspicion of selling drug paraphernalia. We first heard about Mr. Khan, a Pakastani immigrant, back in December when federal agents raided the store and gathered evidence for a probe into whether the store was participating in a major food stamp scam. Although it has nothing to do with refugees, as we wrote then, it has to do with immigrants (diversity is beautiful,right!) and our community.
Hagerstown Police arrested Mohammad Khan, who owns Nadia Convenience Store and Liberty gas station, after executing a search and seizure warrant on his two businesses, Sgt. Jim Robison said.
Khan, 39, of 11021 Sani Lane in Hagerstown, was charged with distribution of controlled paraphernalia, two counts of distribution of paraphernalia, two counts of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of controlled paraphernalia, Robison said.
What is puzzling to many local observers is where is the Food Stamp investigation that the Office of Inspector General initiated back in December? See our earlier post here for details.
We need people to write or call the Office of Inspector General at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC and urge them to thoroughly investigate the allegations of fraud against Mr. Khan. I haven’t a clue if he is incarcerated or is a flight risk should he be released.
Here is an address and phone number for the US Department of Agriculture:
USDA, Office of Inspector General
Room 117-W Jamie Whitten Bldg
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-8001
Fax: (202) 690-1278
If you write, then copy your correspondence to the Secretary of Agriculture at the same street address above (we have only an acting Sec. of Agriculture at this time). And, definitely put a copy of your letter in the mail to your own Congressman and Senators. Writing will have more impact then just phoning or e-mailing.
Although scams like the ones alleged here might not be driven by anything more than personal greed, we have seen reports that part of the Jihadist agenda against the West involves drug money to advance their agenda while corrupting the morals of westerners by perpetuating the drug culture. I am not saying that Mr. Khan is guilty of anything at this point in time, and it may turn out to have no connection to a worldwide strategy but we hope our federal officials will follow through now with a thorough investigation because there appears to be a lot of foot dragging to this point on the part of the federal government.