NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Parents at a New Bern head start program are learning that drugs were allegedly being sold from a business across the street from their children's school.

Investigators raided the Threeway convenience store, on the 1000 block of Biddle St., late last week.

Police said that they had been investigating workers who were selling marijuana from the store during regular business hours.

"I think it's dangerous," said Jasmine Hodges, whose son attends the school, Duffyfield Child Development Center.  That school is directly across Biddle Avenue from the convenience store.

The store's owner, Abdulhameed Faisal Ahmed, denied any wrongdoing when reached at the store Tuesday.  He said he was not aware of anything illegal occurring in the store.  He did not confirm the drug sales.

He's charged with maintaining a store being used to keep and sell marijuana.

A store clerk, Antwan Demetrice Smith, is charged with several counts of possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana.

Smith allegedly sold the drug in .4 gram increments.

He could not be reached for comment; his phone number was disconnected.