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Phoenix man sentenced to 4 years in prison for distributing synthetic drugs
A man from Phoenix was sentenced to four years in prison for distributing synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts, and scheming to commit money laundering. District judge David Campbell also ordered 44-year-old Juan Mark Sayegh to forfeit approximately $1.7 million cash, real property, and other assets.
Sayegh was found guilty of manufacturing and distributing the designer drugs from July 2010 to July 2012. On July 25, 2012, all his businesses were ceased when a search warrant was issued as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Operation Logjam. The DEA’s operation was a planned investigation conducted on synthetic drug manufacturers and distributors in different parts of the United States.
According to court documents, the synthetic drugs were manufactured at Greenlight Distribution using chemicals imported specifically from China. Designed for smoking or consuming orally, these drugs were sold after intentionally mislabeling them as harmless household products that were “not for human consumption.” This, in turn, helped the business evade the risk of being caught for operating against any federal drug laws.
The company was earning excellent profits by selling these illicit products to various stores and individuals across the country. Spice was sold by Greenlight Distribution under the brand names Mary Jane’s Potpourri and Mary Jane’s Private Reserve. Similarly, Go Fast Carpet Deodorizer and Quick Clean Carpet Deodorizer were used as the brand names for selling bath salts.
Intentional mislabeling makes it easier to sell synthetic drugs
Synthetic or designer drugs are a human-made version of other illicit drugs like marijuana or meth. Manufactured to give users the same high as other illicit drugs, dealers have now started to sell these products as “herbal.” Since mislabeling the product gives its manufacturers a chance to stay a step ahead of the prevailing law and forbid any legal complications, this practice has increasingly been adopted by them to boost sales.
However, the easy availability of synthetic drugs in the U.S. market is being checked up to a certain extent. This has been possible owing to a strict vigilance by DEA officials as well as the introduction of stringent laws by federal bodies. Moreover, the DEA’s Office of Forensic Science, and agents of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are also playing a significant role.
Leading an addiction-free life
In the U.S., more and more teens and young adults are falling prey to designer drugs. If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction to synthetic drugs or any other harmful substance, it is important to seek help from an addiction help center immediately. The Phoenix Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs at a reputed rehab center. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 480-696-5152 for more information on the available treatment plans in your vicinity. One should remember the fact that substance use disorders can have severe consequences, if left untreated.