Ahmad Fares, 26, was arrested this week on a charge of conspiracy to commit felonious assault after an investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol.
“He was basically paying someone to inflict bodily harm to an inmate that was locked up at a correctional facility,” Lt. Mike Kemmer said. “We were able to intercept phone calls related to that.”
Fares is in the Richland County Jail after having his bond revoked. The new charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to three years in prison.
Kemmer declined to release the name of the prison to protect the potential victim’s identity. The highway patrol handles investigations involving state agencies.
Kemmer said no one else has been charged. Investigators said they have a suspected middle man who was arranging to get the payment money inside the prison, but have not identified the person who was supposed to assault the inmate.
“We’re still in the investigation part,” Kemmer said.
Fares was indicted in April on a charge of possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification. If convicted, he could get eight years in prison for the second-degree felony.
The METRICH Enforcement Unit reported seizing 5,300 containers of bath salts with a street value of $212,000 from Fares on Nov. 4. Authorities confiscated his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, reportedly worth $70,000.
Police did not immediately arrest Fares because of other ongoing investigations.
Before the seizure, the police department’s crime lab processed more than 60 samples of bath salts that contained MDPV. Since the seizure, the cases have dwindled to almost none.
MDPV is a synthetic drug with side effects that include severe hallucinations and paranoia. The drugs caused major headaches for area law enforcement.
Before bath salts were banned, Fares sold them at his store, the Lexington Avenue Drive-Thru.
In April 2011, someone broke into the store and stole bath salts worth about $2,000. Fares made news again later that month when he shot an armed suspect in a botched robbery attempt at his convenience store. He was not charged in that incident.