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Store owner arrested at NYC airport

The operator of an Evanston grocery store has been arrested in New York city on drug and fraud charges connected to an investigation that led to 29 other arrests last fall.

Police say Isam Abdelquader Alamawi, who ran Ramy’s Foods at 1723 Simpson St., was taken into custody this week as he tried to re-enter the United States at a New York airport.

He’s now been transported back to Evanston where he faces felony charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and unlawful possesson of controlled substances.

He also faces charges of defrauding the state’s LINK program by giving illegal cash to customers using the cards and pocketing an illegal fee for the cash himself.

Investigators say Alamawi also conducted over-the-counter sales of crack cocaine inside the store.

Alamawi, who lives at 4323 Richmond in Chicago is scheduled to appear next Tuesday in Skokie district court.

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