MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -During a preliminary, the cases against two men accused of stashing more than $1 million of Spice in storage units were bound over to a grand jury Thursday, July 10. Investigators said this is the largest Spice bust ever in this area.
Tamer Foqahaa and Harb Jarad are both charged with trafficking the synthetic poison known as spice. Foqahaa waived his preliminary hearing, but Jarad showed up to court for his hearing.
Police said both men were involved in stashing all the spice in two public storage units. Investigators say these drugs have a street value of $1.3 million.
Prosecutors said the suspects were caught on surveillance video going in and out of the storage units, but Skip Brutkiewicz, Jarad’s defense attorney says his client is not guilty. He said Jarad is connected to the case only because he knows Foqahaa and happened to be in the area where the drugs were found.
“That’s about it, it’s guilt by association it looks like, and it doesn’t look to me like this case is going any farther,” he said.
Prosecutors have a different story, though. According to an undercover police officer, investigators found a text on Jarad’s phone from Foquaa with the entry code to one of the units. The officer said the time on the text was just minutes before the surveillance video shows Jarad going in the unit.
Jarad is being held on a $1 million bond, and Foqahaa is being held on a bond of $1.5 million.