Pair nabbed for selling drugs out of NC pizza shop, police say

Owner of the pizza shop, Chinedum Ekwuribe (left) and Desmond Moore (right) in photos from WNCT.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Two men are facing charges after Greenville Police said they sold drugs out of Satellite Pizza in Uptown Greenville.

Police arrested Desmond Moore and the owner of the pizza shop, Chinedum Ekwuribe, and charged them with possession with the intent to sell marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and more.

Police said Moore was involved in their focus deterrence program, which aims to help repeat violent offenders turn their life around.

After being arrested again, they said Moore could now face federal charges.

Ekwuribe, who didn’t want to go on camera, said he didn’t know drugs were being sold out of his business. Police have a different idea of what was happening.

“The owner was also arrested so we have more than a strong belief that he had knowledge of what was going on,” said Sgt. Rudy Oxendine with GPD’s Center City Unit.

Oxendine said an informant purchased marijuana and MDMA, otherwise known as “molly,” from Moore. After that, a search warrant for the business was served, where drug paraphernalia was found inside.

Oxendine credits tips from the public for the drug bust.

“When they hear of something happening, they’re a lot more willing to come out because of the trust we’ve developed and because of the attention the area has received,” he said.

Ekwuribe tells WNCT he plans to fight the charges against him because all he sells is pizza. He also said Moore didn’t work for him, despite returning month after month asking for a job.

Some in the area said they aren’t shocked about the news.

“I’m not really that surprised,” said ECU freshman Cheyenne Crigger. “I know a lot of people come downtown all the time and Satellite Pizza looks like a sketchy place.”

However, Satellite Pizza isn’t the only business in Uptown in some trouble.

Authorities said Pantana Bob’s, otherwise known as PB’s, could also face punishment for selling alcohol to an underage informant.

However, Oxendine said the owner of the bar has been very cooperative and done everything asked of him.

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