A father and son were charged Tuesday in federal court with possessing marijuana to distribute after two shipments innocuously labeled as “filters” were allegedly discovered to actually be over 100 pounds of marijuana.
Osama Nadir Yanis, 48, and his son Nader Robert Osama Yanis, 23, both of Columbia, were detained Monday. The elder Yanis has operated the Coffee Zone on Ninth Street in downtown Columbia for years.
Law enforcement officers watched the elder Yanis accept the delivery of a crate containing 72 pounds of high-grade marijuana at his home on Monday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri office.
Shortly after the delivery was made, Nader Yanis arrived at his father’s house, went inside and left shortly thereafter with a bag and drove away. He was arrested during a traffic stop. Police officers found him in possession of marijuana and what was thought to be cocaine, according to the news release.
Osama Yanis was detained when officers executed a search warrant after the delivery. Officers found weapons, drugs and a large sum of cash in his house. Yanis turned about $19,000 in cash over to officers upon his arrest.
An additional 33 pounds of marijuana was found hidden