Store clerk faces narcotics charges

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By The Staff

The clerk at a Williston convenience store has been arrested on various charges by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

On May 7, Waqas Illahi, 27, was arrested for trafficking in controlled substance, sale of controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and three counts of resisting arrest with violence.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office-Chiefland Police Drug Task Force received information that the clerk, at the Fast Track Food Mart was selling illegal narcotics while working at the Exxon convenience store which is located across the street and just west from Williston High School.

A confidential source allegedly purchased oxycodone for $30 on April 23, and also purchased from the defendant Vicodin on April 30. On April 30, 2008 an undercover agent posed as a drug dealer and made contact with the defendant inside the store. A drug transaction reportedly occurred in the parking lot after the drug agent traded marijuana for five Loritab pills. Upon the drug transaction Drug Task Force Agents advised the defendant that he was under arrest and he ran and fought three Drug Task Force Agents in the parking lot. Inside the defendant's pants pocket were 22 Vicodin schedule 3 pills, one Percocet and 1.4 grams of marijuana. The defendant and agents were treated by EMS and the defendant was transported to the Levy County Jail.

Charges include two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of Williston High School, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and resisting arrest with violence against three agents.