• Authorities searched storage unit, office suite in connection with man's arrest

    By: Kathryn Burcham


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - New details about a Charlotte man facing federal charges of running a drug operation reveal he seemed to be flaunting his crimes to authorities.

    A federal affidavit said 24-year-old Raumeen Shiraz was renting a storage unit on Park Road under the name "Clarence Boddicker," the infamous villain from the 1987 movie Robocop.

    Shiraz, who agents said was using the unit to store chemicals, guns, and make methamphetamine, also registered the unit to a telephone number belonging to the Mecklenburg County Jail.

    Shiraz appeared in federal court Wednesday morning after his arrest July 13, when DEA and FBI agents raided his home on Robinhood Road in Cotswold.

    The same day, authorities said they searched the storage unit on Park Road and also an office suite in Matthews.

    Court records said the office was registered to a company called "Shiraz Lab Supply." A check of the still-active website shows a company that said it sells to "individual professionals and laboratories" and promised buyers "you won't find any more affordable prices anywhere in the world."

    Agents said Shiraz was using the company to sell and ship chemicals commonly used in making drugs like GHB and methamphetamine, to buyers in the U.S. and overseas.

    An undercover agent was able to make several buys of iodine crystals and red phosphorus from Shiraz through the website and a separate eBay account, according to federal authorities.

    Shiraz is a convicted felon who is currently serving probation for possessing a firearm, and authorities said it was his own probation officer who kick-started their investigation in 2011.

    Agents said the officer was conducting a routine check at Shiraz's home and discovered nearly 30 different types of chemicals in his bedroom.

    The discovery led agents to begin investigating Shiraz's business and conduct surveillance of his activities.

    Shiraz remains in federal custody and will have his next court appearance on August 2.

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