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Owner of Ali’s Quick Stop Outraged After Arrest

Ali Ahmed

A local business owner says he is outraged after the Columbus Police Department issued a press release that he views as damaging to his business and his livelihood.

Ali Ahmed, owner of Ali’s Quick Stop, located on the corner of 19th St. and Main St., said he was shocked to learn the CPD issued a press release stating “Ali’s Quick Stop is part of a larger drug distribution network in this area.”
Ahmed claims the release is slanderous and “definitely wrong.”
Ahmed was arrested last Tuesday, March 27, for possession of khat, a foreign-based drug that is comparable to marijuana. Investigators with the CPD were inside Ahmed’s store investigating a shooting when they noticed the leafy drug lying on the counter. Narcotics agents were called to the scene and, once the substance was identified as khat, Ahmed was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was not, however, charged with intent to distribute.
Ahmed claimed he was not aware that the substance was illegal.  “I didn’t know it was illegal,” he said.  “If I knew that then why would I have it just sitting on the counter in plain view with the cops around?”
Ahmed said that he will no longer be using the drug now that he knows it’s illegal but does say that khat does not have the mind-altering effects narcotics officers claim it does. “First off, I chew it, I don’t smoke it,” he said. “I could be chewing it and have a conversation with you and you wouldn’t even know it. It doesn’t affect me like that. But I won’t do it anymore. No way.”
While various businesses have been in that building over the years, including a hair salon, a Greyhound bus station and several different convenience stores, Ahmed has owned and operated Ali’s Quick Stop since May 2009. Law enforcement officials with both the city and county have claimed that no one has been arrested inside of Ali’s Quick Stop for selling drugs since Ahmed opened the store.
In addition to identifying his store as a hot spot for local drug dealers, Ahmed said he is also upset that the CPD linked him to Robertson’s Garage, a local mechanic shop located at 1907 Main Street, less than a block from the his store. The press release referenced a raid conducted by the Metro-Narcotics task force at Robertson’s Garage at 1907 Main Street. On Nov. 8, 2011, agents arrested two men for possession and sale of a controlled substance. Michael Terry Jr., 23, was arrested and charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance and one count possession of a controlled substance. Michael Haney, 45, was arrested and charged with three counts of sale of a controlled substance.  In the release, the CPD claimed drugs are still being sold out of Robertson’s Garage, and stated, “That operation is still ongoing and more arrests will be made.”

Ali Ahmed as he was taken into custody for last week.

Ahmed said, “I don’t know those guys. I don’t go near that place. For them (the CPD) to put me with him? That’s just wrong. It’s just wrong. I don’t do nothing like that.”
When questioned if drugs are being sold out of Ali’s Quick Stop, Chief of Police Selvain McQueen said, “The investigation is ongoing.”
While Ahmed admits that the khat was his, he denied ever selling the drug.  “I don’t sell drugs,” he said.  “No one sells drugs in my shop. I can’t control what my customers do outside my shop, but don’t talk about them like that. Don’t talk about me, my store like that. It’s not right, it’s just not right.”
Ahmed said he is not yet sure what steps he will take to protect his business and rectify the damage he feels the press release has done. He said he just wants the CPD to “make it right.”

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48 comments

  1. Is there anywhere, where you can read this particular story? Is this story the same as the March 31 story? I’d like to read the other side, then form an opinion.

  2. Is there anywhere, where you can read this particular story? Is this story the same as the March 31 story? I’d like to read the other side, then form an opinion.

  3. After clicking the link and refreshing, it works. I believe the guy has been labeled wrong. By stating that he didn’t know it was illegal and having it laying in plain site while cops were in his store should validate that. Linking him with some sort of drug ring is also wrong unless they have proof. No prior reports and yet he’s slandered after being at that location for nearly 3 years. Terrible.

  4. After clicking the link and refreshing, it works. I believe the guy has been labeled wrong. By stating that he didn’t know it was illegal and having it laying in plain site while cops were in his store should validate that. Linking him with some sort of drug ring is also wrong unless they have proof. No prior reports and yet he’s slandered after being at that location for nearly 3 years. Terrible.

  5. Seems to me that the CPD could do a better job than issuing a press release with misleading information from an ongoing investigation, especially when said information is patently false and completely inflammatory.

  6. Seems to me that the CPD could do a better job than issuing a press release with misleading information from an ongoing investigation, especially when said information is patently false and completely inflammatory.

  7. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    Every culture has its “stimulants.” So is just to criminalize their use, but state-sanction our ethyl alcohol and carcinogenic tobacco use?

    I’d rather meet Ali driving down our highways chewing mother nature’s Khat, than meet a Colt or Steve Wallace behind the wheeel, guzzling down Tennessee-brewed Jim Bean!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4615415.stm

  8. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    One of the greatest pleasures in touring the Muslim countries–I have visited many and not as an enemy combatant– is not seeing and smelling these dirty, tobacco-filled booze joints that one finds in the Christian world.

  9. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    …chewing mother nature’s Khat, than meet a Colt or Steve Wallace behind the wheeel, guzzling down Tennessee-brewed Jim Bean!…

    I meant to write..guzzling down Jack Daniels Tennessee-distilled whiskey.

  10. Robert

    I feel sorry for Mr Ahmed. It seems like he is a hard working young man. After reading the article its very obvious that he did not know that khat was an illegal drug or why would he have it laying on his counter. I’ve never even heard of it. Remember Mr Ahmed u are living in the Heart of the Bible Belt. You must take that into consideration when wondering why u feel like u were targeted. Have u been to church lately? How about the First Baptist church or perhaps The Presbyterian Church. I think u would be more accepted in the community if u were a member of a church in our community. Good luck and I hope u receive an apology.

  11. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    I wonder how Officer Lacey knew what appears to be a collard green leaf, was actually Khat. The Ethiopians chew it as a stimulant–kinda’ like Red Man chewing tobacco– while sending their coffee beans to the US where it is roasted and used as a stimulant.

    And it sure looks like the officer might have “secured the evidence” in his lower lip.

  12. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    …Have u been to church lately? How about the First Baptist church or perhaps The Presbyterian Church. I think u would be more accepted in the community if u were a member of a church in our community.

    His choice of Gods is his business. I’m sure his heard all those jokes about Christian’s love/hate relationship with booze.

    You know the one about the Whiskeypalians?

    Where three or more Episcopalians gather, there’s always a “fifth.”

  13. Oh stick up for a sand rat that doesn’t have to pay tax for five year but we do … He going to be goes in five and don’t give a f***….. Welcome to the USA ….

  14. Tammy

    Here we go again Johnny!!!! I really would like to know what officer LUCKEY (get it right stupid) has done to you!!!! You are always looking for a reason to attack him every chance you get!!!! I have already told you that my husband does not smoke chew drink or do drugs! As a matter of fact he didnt find the stuff!! He was asked to come there just to take the man to jail!! I really would like for you to enlighten me on why you live to be so mean. You make me sick!!!!!! What exactly do you do for a living? Do you even have a job? Or do you just sit around all day looking for reasons to attack my husband. You need to know that I protect what is mine so i will be reading your every word to tear it apart so the citizens of columbus and lowndes county will know how stupid you are!!!!

  15. Tammy

    Here we go again Johnny!!!! I really would like to know what officer LUCKEY (get it right stupid) has done to you!!!! You are always looking for a reason to attack him every chance you get!!!! I have already told you that my husband does not smoke chew drink or do drugs! As a matter of fact he didnt find the stuff!! He was asked to come there just to take the man to jail!! I really would like for you to enlighten me on why you live to be so mean. You make me sick!!!!!! What exactly do you do for a living? Do you even have a job? Or do you just sit around all day looking for reasons to attack my husband. You need to know that I protect what is mine so i will be reading your every word to tear it apart so the citizens of columbus and lowndes county will know how stupid you are!!!!

  16. Tammy

    Here we go again Johnny!!!! I really would like to know what officer LUCKEY (get it right stupid) has done to you!!!! You are always looking for a reason to attack him every chance you get!!!! I have already told you that my husband does not smoke chew drink or do drugs! As a matter of fact he didnt find the stuff!! He was asked to come there just to take the man to jail!! I really would like for you to enlighten me on why you live to be so mean. You make me sick!!!!!! What exactly do you do for a living? Do you even have a job? Or do you just sit around all day looking for reasons to attack my husband. You need to know that I protect what is mine so i will be reading your every word to tear it apart so the citizens of columbus and lowndes county will know how stupid you are!!!!

  17. Tammy

    Here we go again Johnny!!!! I really would like to know what officer LUCKEY (get it right stupid) has done to you!!!! You are always looking for a reason to attack him every chance you get!!!! I have already told you that my husband does not smoke chew drink or do drugs! As a matter of fact he didnt find the stuff!! He was asked to come there just to take the man to jail!! I really would like for you to enlighten me on why you live to be so mean. You make me sick!!!!!! What exactly do you do for a living? Do you even have a job? Or do you just sit around all day looking for reasons to attack my husband. You need to know that I protect what is mine so i will be reading your every word to tear it apart so the citizens of columbus and lowndes county will know how stupid you are!!!!

  18. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    And the FDA claims it’s safe to consume ethyl alcohol, but just don’t “contaminate” it with a caffein stimulant.

    Has anyone looked into the identity of the distillers and brewers that control the production of ethyl alcohol in this country and how it was promoted by the Hollywood film industry for the past hundred years?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvoR9m88cFc

  19. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    Tammy~

    Regarding officer Luckey’s actions with the homeless man a few months back.

    When the report in the Packet described officer Luckey handcuffing and arresting a homeless man on private property without PROVOCATION–I think that you and your husband were headed home from church at the time(?)–I thought of the Biblical fable(parable) from my childhood, the Good Samaritan. Then I read later that you and your husband had attended a Bible college. The Good Samaritan would have sought help for that homeless man. Instead, your off duty husband chose to socfront him and throw him in jail on a Sunday morning right after he had attended church. I still wonder what happened to his dog. And from my childhood, I will always remember the Golden Rule…Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
    Maybe the event with the homeless man prejudiced my attitude towards officer Luckey.
    If he does good work, I would praise him. And arresting Howard Smart was a step in the right direction. Now it’s up to the “phony baloney” judiciary to act. But with all of Howard Smart’s bloc votes in Lowndes county at stake, I feel a judicial “fix” coming on.

    Vicncent Van Gogh’s The Good Samaritan(he was in a lunatic asylum at the time)
    http://www.artbible.info/art/large/595.html

  20. Tammy

    Johnny, the Bible also says that he who is without sin cast the first stone. Jesus said that! The Bible also says to remove the plank out of your own eye before trying to remove the splinter from someone else! I say, if you don’t know what you are talking about then you should keep your mouth shut! Opening you mouth in ignorance only makes you more ignorant! Officer Luckey was ONLY going to speak to the man. He told him what he was doing was wrong (on several levels). We were already driving away when the homeless man started screaming and walking around flailing his arms like a lunatic! Then, and only then did Officer Luckey approach him about breaking the law! Now, with all that said, I’m going to tell you like I tell my children, what’s in the past is in the past. You can’t change it so don’t try. Johnny, if you are a Christian as you claim to be then you would be praying for Officer Luckey on a daily basis instead of attacking his every move. You are only fueling his fire! We actually sit at home and laugh on Wednesday nights joking about what nonsense you will be spewing on Thursday’s packet articles. So Johnny, you just did what you do and leave the hard stuff to Officer Luckey and the rest of the CPD, because what it boils down to is that you don’t, never have and never will have the backbone to do what he and his fellow officers do on a daily basis! Have a good day Johnny!

  21. luckey

    Johnny, I don’t know were you get your information but it’s wrong. The Homelass man “anything but” was out at wal-Mart begging for money from people thet that work very hard for what they have to just give it away to a man that tries to make people feal sorry for him by living a lie. Asking for money to support a drug habit is wrong. I tried to get this man to go to a church for help but he said ” hell no”. Yes I did tell him that begging was against the law and I told him to move on. Then he started cursing and yelling. Yes I got out of my car and arrested the poor homeless man from Alabama that left his family to live from hotel to hotel and beg to fill his drug habit. Shame on me! And about that Khat – I found it, the agents identified it. Its against the law. The police in Columbus are a great group of people that choose to serve and protect the people of Columbus every day. So If you want drugs, beggers and all sorts of crime in Columbus, maybe you should be a cop. I’m not trying to be ugly, I’m just trying to be honest. So before you make comments about what we do “walk a mile in our shoes”. The service you get may not be what you want, but it is service. And yes, I am a Christian and I go to church and I went to Bible College. I am reminded of wise words form my dad “Believe nothing that you hear and half of what you see and if you do not have something good to say, Don’t say anything at all”. Johnny, I’m sure your a great person, but even great people speak out of place sometimes. Maybe I’ll get to meet you someday and you will see I’m really a good down to earth person.

  22. Tammy

    The dog was released to his owner after he, the owner, posted bond. I think it’s funny that you really are more concerned about the dog than you are the man. I’m sure the dog was treated really well at the Columbus Humaine Society.

  23. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    I think it’s funny that you really are more concerned about the dog than you are the man.
    Yeah, I really prefer felines.

    Did you notice in the Van Gogh painting that the Rabbi and the Priest walked past the dying man, before the Good Samaritan came to his rescue?

    • Tammy

      Thats ok, Johnny! He’s always on my front page!!! You just keep your nose clean and dont you worry about me and mine!!! I’m beginning to think that you are just jealous….

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