GULFPORT – Two employees of a food market in Gulfport were arrested Jan. 10 after an investigation determined that drugs were being sold in the store and illegal gambling was taking place.
Gulfport Police, along with St. Petersburg Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco conducted the three-month investigation, according to a press release.
Gulfport police executed a search warrant at Joy Food Market, 1005 49th St. S. Jan. 10. Investigators seized two illegal Vegas-style gambling machines and narcotics.
Eric McCallister, 31, of Gulfport, a store employee, was charged with two counts of sale/possession of heroin within 1,000 feet of a church and school, two counts of possession of controlled substances with 1,000 feet of a church and school, two counts of violation of probation possession of cocaine, two counts of violation of probation sale or delivery of cocaine, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of agent of a gambling house.
Police said that McCallister is currently on probation for a previous conviction for the sale and possession of cocaine.
Store manager, Ali Sultan, 55 of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count of agent of a gambling house. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail Jan. 11 on $5,000 bond.