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8 month investigation on downtown business nets arrest, drugs, stolen property

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia -

Charleston police executed a search warrant on a downtown Charleston business Wednesday evening following an 8 month investigation.

According to officers, it happened at the Middle East Mart, located by the Transit Mall around 6 p.m. 

Authorities told 13 News that undercover officers were made aware that the business had been receiving stolen property, as a result, the investigation was launched. 

Undercover officers had been selling employees at the business items that those employees believed were stolen.  Those items were marked.  

During the raid of the business, officers located those stolen items, marijuana, and an undisclosed amount of cash in a back room.

Numerous health code violations were also found.

When officers arrived, the owners were not there.  They arrived after officers asked employees to call them.  As soon as the owners arrived, the wife, Khitam Ghoul, was placed in handcuffs and arrested, charged with transferring and receiving stolen property.  

According to police, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department shut down the business Friday, April 4, and that next week, they will be back there looking for additional violations.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.