Family feud escalates into drug bust

Posted at: 02/22/2013 9:14 PM
Updated at: 02/22/2013 10:24 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Santa Fe police have been dealing with an on-going feud for the past few months between a couple of businesses owned by cousins.

The feud includes everything from death threats to possible drug trafficking, and while conducting a search warrant, police found some of that to be true.

Santa Fe police officers spent Thursday afternoon weighing 32-pounds of processed, ready-to-sell marijuana. The marijuana was found packaged in containers vacuum sealed.

"Which means to me that this was probably going to be moved very quickly to a different site or handed off to somebody else that was going to make the street sales," Capt. Aric Wheeler said.

A 12-guage shotgun and a 40-caliber handgun and ammo were also uncovered inside this home off Duran street.

"Fortunately for us we had these individuals that smelled this large odor of marijuana emitting from this residence," Wheeler said.

"It's a scary situation in this neighborhood and I don't feel safe in my house anymore," a concerned neighbor said.

The home belongs to Ashraf Nassar.

Police were searched his home as Nassar was in court for a restraining order. His

cousin Mussa says Ashraf has been threatening his family since October.

Both cousins own businesses off W. San Francisco St.

Police say Mussa fired shots near Ashraf's business last month.

It's a bizarre family feud that's far from over, but those who live nearby say they're glad police are taking action.

"Do I feel threatened, no, I feel just as safe here as I did at 190th and Broadway in New York," one neighbor said.