Police: Business owner sold pot out of west Charlotte clothing store

by: Blair Miller Updated:

Police: Business owner sold pot out of west Charlotte clothing store
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

A west Charlotte business owner is facing charges after police said he repeatedly sold marijuana out of his store, Uptown Fashion, but he told Channel 9 it was all big misunderstanding.

Police said Samuel Coleman was selling marijuana out of the clothing shop on West Boulevard.

"I'm not selling marijuana," Coleman said. "I've never sold marijuana. I mean, I don't know where they get that."

An informant had been in the store numerous times and Coleman tried to sell marijuana, according to a police search warrant obtained by Channel 9.

Officers said they seized 12 grams valued at $190.

Coleman had been arrested in November on separate drug charges, according to court documents.

Across the street from the shop, Charles Booker has been the pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church for 31 years.

He said the allegations concern him because of the work the community has done over the years to keep kids out of trouble.

"This neighborhood has been really cleaned up a lot since the time we've been here," Booker said. "We've helped a lot of people."

But Coleman said it's a mistake and looks forward to his day in court to clear it up.

"We've always been good to the community," Coleman said. "Anybody that know me, I've always done fair to my customers and you know, sorry for the bad publicity but no, I don't sell marijuana."

Coleman is charged with felony possession with the intent to sell and distribute.

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