A clerk at a popular Mansfield gas station was arrested after police say he was caught selling marijuana from under the counter.
Mohamed Khalid El-Kichawy, 50, was arrested Tuesday after undercover officers spotted him making the sales, police said.
El-Kichawy worked at the busy Shell station on the southeast corner of highways 287 and 157.
The investigation started with an anonymous tip. Undercover officers from the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit went in posing as customers and saw the clerk selling drugs in plain view, police said.
"They found a little under a pound of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash,” Officer Thad Penkala said.
Police said the drugs were right under the counter, and the money was separate from what was in the cash register.
El-Kichawy, who told police he is from Gaza, paid his bond on the drug charges but remains in jail on an immigration hold.
Customers said they were surprised by the arrest.
“I guess everything happens nowadays,” one man said.
“That’s messed up,” said another customer.
The gas station manager declined to comment.