FORT MYERS, Fla. - A tip received by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest of two men for selling marijuana out of a Ft Myers apartment.
The tip stated that many people frequent the apartment (Apartment 4G at 7233 Maida Lane in Fort Myers) all day and never stay very long. The tip also stated that some people show up to the apartment holding an empty duffle bag and leave within minutes with their duffle bags full.
Due to the information received, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit set up surveillance at the location. While conducting surveillance of the residence numerous vehicles were seen coming and going, staying for just two to three minutes as the tip stated.
Surveillance led the Unit to two individuals responsible for selling marijuana out of the apartment and a search warrant was obtained on that apartment and a second residence where marijuana was being stored.
Located in the garage of the second residence was a brown cardboard box containing nearly 5 pounds of marijuana. More marijuana was located in the kitchen along with paperwork stating that one of the suspects was living there. This was further verified by a relative of the suspect.
At the Maida Laneresidence, detectives found more than 25 grams of marijuana in clear plastic bags in the kitchen. Detectives also located was $3,155 in U.S. currency in suspect Karam Merhi’s bedroom, along with miscellaneous paperwork reflecting drug sales.
In all, more than 10 pounds of marijuana was recovered during the investigation. Arrested and charged are:
Karam Merhi, DOB 8-6-90, of 7233 Maida Lane, Apartment 4G, Fort Myerscharged with Conspiracy to sell Marijuana.
Tyler Mohammed, DOB 12-9-88, of 1374 Sirocco Street, Fort Myers, charged with Saleand Possession of Marijuana.
Detectives are also searching for a third suspect in this case. He is Samer Jamil Rashid, DOB 7-5-73.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Samer Jamil Rashid is asked to contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (239) 477-1000 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the TipSubmit app on any iPhone or by texting CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.