One of two men wanted in a bust of Atlantic City stores selling illegal pills and cigarettes was arrested Friday morning — after he went to bail out a family member arrested in the case Thursday.
Naeem Tariq, 25, of Egg Harbor Township, was one of five store owners arrested Thursday in a multi-agency investigation that revealed pills being sold as herbal sex enhancers actually contained the same active ingredients found in prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction.
The drugs are not legal without a doctor’s prescription filled by a licensed pharmacist.
When Faheem Tariq, 46, owner of the New Asia Bazaar in the city’s Tourism District, went to bail out the younger Tariq, he was told he also was wanted, said Atlantic City Vice Unit Lt. James Sarkos.
“I said, ‘Don’t you read The Press?’” Sarkos said, referencing a story on Thursday’s front page that reported a warrant was issued for the older Tariq.
Faheem Tariq is charged with possession of prescription legend drugs, possession with the intent to distribute prescription legend drugs, possession of counterfeit stamped cigarettes, failure to maintain records and dealing with unlicensed persons.
Prescription legend drugs are those that require a doctor’s prescription and a licensed pharmacist. Authorities have stressed the danger of not meeting those requirements, especially since the drugs can interact badly with other medications.
Naeem Tariq, who is believed to be Faheem’s son, is not charged with selling the drugs, but was allegedly one of five people selling untaxed cigarettes. He is charged with possession of counterfeit stamped cigarettes, failure to maintain records and dealing with unlicensed persons.
Aliza Akter, 21 of Atlantic City, is still wanted. The owner of 24 Seven Food Mart is wanted on charges of possession of counterfeit stamped cigarettes, failure to maintain records, dealing with unlicensed persons and sale of untaxed cigarettes to a police officer.
The investigation was conducted by Atlantic City Police Department’s Vice Unit, state Treasury Department Office of Criminal Investigation and the Division of Consumer Affairs. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency also assisted
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