One of the owners of the Michelangelo's Pizza chain was arrested at the North Harrison Avenue location late Tuesday and charged with keeping marijuana, LSD and oxycodone drugs at the pizzeria, selling oxycodone to a police informant and having an illegal sawed-off shotgun.
Michael John Ferstler, 35, was at the store at 941N. Harrison Ave. when police went there shortly before 11 p.m., according to an arrest report.
In arrest warrants, police charged Ferstler with marijuana possession with intent to sell, trafficking in opiates, LSD possession, selling and delivering oxycodone and using a 2008 GMC Acadia as a place to sell oxycodone.
Police said Ferstler came to their attention as part of an ongoing drug investigation. Because that is continuing, they would not comment on whether they believe drugs were being sold at the store or only kept there.
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The arrest warrants alleged that Ferstler had 70.7 grams (about 2.5 ounces) of marijuana and 205 oxycodone pills. The warrants did not specify how much LSD was involved.
A magistrate set F bail at $500,000, and he was held overnight for a Wednesday court appearance.
Ferstler is listed in paperwork on file with the Secretary of State’s Office as the president of a corporation called Ryme Agan Inc. whose address is the same as the pizza parlor’s.
Ryme Agan had listed the business name Pizza Transit Authority in Wake County, but it is unclear from public records who owns Michelangelo’s.
The pizza chain also has locations in Holly Springs and Apex, it advertises.
The eatery advertises on its website that it is a family-owned business, and police said they believe Ferstler is a member of that family.