Highlights of Lauderhill Police Enforcement Activity - July
In April 2019, Lauderhill detectives from the Special Project’s Unit (SPU) received information that illegal gambling and drug dealings activities were occurring at the Unik convenience store and Unik laundry located at 4120 and 4100 NW 26 Street. Both of these businesses are owned and operated by Mirza Awal. Based on information the SPU developed during a two-month investigation, it was discovered that Awal had been profiting from these illegal activities. SPU detectives also found that employees were selling marijuana from the Unik laundromat.
On June 11, 2019, the SPU team executed search warrants at both businesses and seized; $3,892.00 in cash, four (4) video gaming machines, twenty-seven (27) grams of marijuana and two (2) flare guns which had been converted into functioning pistols firing .410 gauge shotshells. The SPU team determined that suspect Kevin Francis used one of the listed pistols during a fight outside the convenience store this past May which was captured on video surveillance.
As a result of the investigation, Awal, the owner of the businesses was arrested and charged with ‘keeping a gambling house’. Employee Kevin Francis was arrested and charged with ‘delivery of marijuana and possession of a frearm by a convicted felon’ and employee Willis Martin was arrested and charged with ‘possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver’ and for ‘active warrants’.