20171103_LOCAL_synthetic drug arrest

Published on Thursday, 2 November 2017 18:59 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcapbell@tylerpaper.com

Family members who sold synthetic drugs in Tyler and Plano were sentenced to federal prison Thursday in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. 

A multi-agency investigation into the sale of the retail drug sales started in 2016 at Ashes Smoke and Tattoo in Plano and The Minute Stop Convenience Store in Tyler.

The investigation started when the Smith County Sheriff's Office started getting phone calls from concerned residents about seeing the drugs being sold at the store.  

The stores sold 3-gram and 5-gram packages of synthetic drugs commonly known as K2, Spice and synthetic marijuana. The 3-gram packages sold for $30 and the 5-gram packages sold for $50. 

"The drugs do not contain marijuana," U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby said. "They are created in China with a variety of chemicals. They are falsely marketed to give the illusion of legality."

Investigators said the sales at the Minute Stop were conducted at the cash register and the money was separated after the sales. 

The five family members were indicted on the charges in August 2016. 

Sharjeel Jeff Aii, 29, of Dallas was sentenced to two and half years and and his mother Nadia Farishta, 54, of Dallas, was sentenced to three years and 11 months.

Farishta's ex-husband Saleem Jiwani, of Tyler, was sentenced to five years in prison for his role  in selling the drugs at the Tyler convenience store. 

Farishta's daughter Nimrose Khan was sentenced to two years in prison. Khan's husband Adeel Khan, of Carrollton, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. 

Ashes Smoke and Tattoo in Plano has closed down. The Minute Stop no longer sells the products. 

Investigators said most of the synthetic marijuana issues in East Texas have mostly been eliminated. 

The investigation included officers from The Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, Plano Police Department and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. 

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