Police raid Tracy business
by Glenn Moore
May 03, 2013 | 10378 views | 6 6 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bath salts confiscated in search
Officers seized more than $40,000 during a search of Hi-Times Tobacco, 3310 N. Tracy Blvd., on Thursday, May 2.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tracy police arrested a Dublin man on Thursday, May 2, following several months of investigation into the alleged sale of bath salts at a north Tracy store.

Ibrehim Bechwati, 40, is charged with possession of controlled substance for sale, distribution of controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, commission of a felony while armed, possession of metal knuckles for sale, possession of a billy club for sale and possession of a switchblade knife for sale.

He was arrested when officers served a search warrant at Hi-Times Tobacco, 3310 N. Tracy Blvd., and a home in Dublin, according to a press release Thursday from Sgt. Alex Neicu of the Tracy Police Department.

It's unclear if Bechwati is the owner or an employee of the store. It's also unknown if the Dublin residence searched by police is his.

During a search of the store, located in the Valley Shopping Center on the corner of Tracy Boulevard and Clover Road, officers confiscated anabolic steroids, a semi-automatic Glock pistol and other illegal weapons including metal knuckles, batons and butterfly knives.

More than $40,000 was taken as evidence during the search.

Officers from the Special Investigations Unit of the Tracy police also collected more than 600 vials of bath salts, a synthetic form of methamphetamine, according to Neicu.

Each vial contained 0.5 gram, and the street value is estimated at $34,000.

Bechwati is being held on $388,000 bail at San Joaquin County Jail, and is scheduled to appear in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, according to the jail website.

Bath salts are known by many street names including “glass cleaner” and are ingested by snorting, swallowing or injecting, according to the release.

The salts have similar effects to methamphetamine and are used as an alternative to that drug.

Usage can cause agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, chest pains and high blood pressure. The package label states: "Not for human consumption."

It is not known if the Hi-Times Tobacco store will be closed following the search or what led to the store being investigated.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com

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May 08, 2013
How unfortunate, that guy was always friendly and professional. I feel bad for him. I never had any problems with that place. The police like to sit at the burrito place on the corner all day long though, I know that.
May 08, 2013
In addition, I hate meth of any kind in any form and I support it's demise in any way necessary so although unfortunate it did need to be removed.
May 03, 2013
Hurray Tracy Police Dept!!! Great job stopping this sort of thing in our city !!
May 03, 2013
Explain this chris roberts..

What race is he?

May 03, 2013
Who cares what race he is. My question is really this:

I can see smoking weed, or drinking, but BATH SALTS? If you are smoking meth, doing heroin, or bathsalts or what ever, you need to really sit down and ask yourself if you really need to get high that bad. I just don't see the allure.

When I was in high school those stores would try to sell Salvia to juveniles. Caused one of my class mates to jump out of a moving car. No bueno.
May 04, 2013
Last word, please please explain how race is relevant?

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