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Gang Arrested For Selling Pot in Candy Packages

Gang Arrested For Selling Pot in Candy Packages

Bodega's Sour Power contained no actual candy

Several members of an East Harlem gang were arrested this week, which can't have been that much of a surprise for the guys who filmed rap videos about selling pot in Sour Power candy wrappers and posted the results on YouTube.

"If you want the sour," they rapped, "come to 118th and Lexington."

Interested buyers would be directed to the Nessin Deli bodega on the corner of Lexington Ave. and 118th, where they could find the Sour Power packages sitting innocently on a shelf as though they were just sour-flavored sugary candy instead of illegal narcotics. The drugs sold for $10 per Sour Power bag.

According to the New York Post, the Sour Power packaging was a pun on "sour diesel," the name of that particular variety of marijuana.

"It has a real pungent, cat urine smell," said John Hourican of Manhattan North Narcotics in an interview with the Post. "You know you're buying the sour diesel if it smells like cat urine."

Fifteen alleged gang members and two bodega employees were arrested. Investigators said the Nessin Deli was closed as a public nuisance, and the owners were suspected to have known about the shenanigans going down in the Sour Power aisle.


Mumbai doctor, 2 others arrested for selling Remdesivir in black market

Three men including a doctor were arrested on Tuesday on charges of selling Remdesivir injection in Mumbai’s fast-growing black market for the key antiviral drug for Covid-19 patients that is in short supply, the Mumbai police said on Wednesday.

The three allegedly overcharged people prescribed the injection in violation of the law, a Malwani police officer said.

The Malwani police had received a tip-off that two people were hoarding injections bought from chemist shops to sell them at a markup to people desperate for the antiviral drug. A decoy customer was sent to the men for buying the injection administered by hospitals to adults with severe complications.

Two men, Siddharth Yadav (21) and Rizwan Mansuri (32), a doctor, were arrested a little after 7.30 pm on Tuesday when they turned up at Mumbai’s Charkop Naka to deliver the injections.

Shekhar Bhalerao, senior police inspector of Malwani police station, said the two were questioned about their source for the injections. The two men allegedly told the police that a medical representative, Chiranjiv Vishwakarma, arranged for the injections and was expected to meet them soon to pick up the money from their sale.

Vishwakarma showed up and was also arrested.

Vishwakarma allegedly told the police that he had bought the injections from the Hayaat hospital medical shop.

The gang had offered three injections for total price of Rs. 59,000 as against the retail price of about Rs. 1,400 per injection.

There have been reports of shortage of the injection from several states including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Jharkhand over the last few days and weeks. The Centre has insisted that there was overall no shortage of the drug but advocated its rational use.

Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul on Tuesday said it should not be used for patients at home. “The patient has to be on oxygen therapy, and the drug is supposed to be supplied only to hospitals and not to be sold in retail… It is not meant for everyone,” he said.


Highlights

  1. Maharashtra's Baramati police busts a gang for selling liquid paracetamol in empty vials of Remedisvir.
  2. The demand for anti-viral drug is high in COVID-19-hit Maharashtra.

Mumbai: Maharashtra's Baramati police busted a gang and arrested four people for selling liquid paracetamol in empty vials of Remedisvir for which they charged around Rs 35000.

The demand for anti-viral drug Remdesivir is high as the number of covoronavirus cases has risen in Maharashtra. The black marketing operations of counterfeit medicines is at full swing while artificial injections are also being sold.

Police arrested four members of a gang from Maharashtra's Baramati. One of these members worked at Baramati's COVID Care Center.

This person would pick the empty vials of Remedesvir from there. Later, the vial would be filled with liquid paracetamol and sealed. Then these artificial Remediesvir injections were sold to the needy for Rs 35000.

The police have arrested four members of this gang named Prashant Gharak, Shankar Pise, Dilip Gaikwad and Sandeep Gaikwad.


He bought a food truck to help rebuild his life. Now he’s just trying to hold on

“Have you ever wrestled with someone and they put you in a chokehold?” Anthony Suggs, owner of the food truck Antidote Eats, asked me.

“Or like you’re messing around in the pool and someone is holding you down and you can’t breathe?

“I want you to relate to that real quick. I’m gonna come back to it.”

In our conversations, Suggs, 30, is focused and relentlessly positive. He’ll tell you how he met Nipsey Hussle back in the day and that he wants to emulate the drive and business acumen of the rapper and entrepreneur who was slain last year.

Antidote Eats (Antidote was Suggs’ rap alias from his music days) is just a few months old, and the wrap on his food truck is tighter than a gift from Macy’s during the holiday rush. It’s decorated with photos of downtown L.A. and the Queen Mary — a tribute to Long Beach, where he grew up — along with images of Hussle and a Memoji of Suggs with his distinctive freckles.

Suggs owns the business together with his girlfriend, Jade Tanner, who created the menu. The food is comforting and homey: burgers, chicken sandwiches, sweet and savory crepes. The day the truck debuted, on a rainy Thursday in March, I pulled up outside a downtown dispensary and ordered a burger along with a berries-and-cream waffle crepe. I inhaled both. A steady stream of customers from the dispensary made for a profitable day and gave Anthony hope for his fledgling endeavor.

Three days later, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a shutdown of bars and restaurants in L.A. due to the coronavirus crisis, crushing business industry-wide. Food is a hard vocation for anyone, and during a pandemic, it’s become nearly impossible. But Suggs’ story illustrates the even greater bind that Black entrepreneurs are in — and the way systemic racism can turn it into a never-ceasing uphill climb.

Suggs describes his childhood as broken, spending years bouncing among foster and group homes in Long Beach and Compton, and surrounded by gang culture — though he says he never was actually in a gang. He was incarcerated for the first time at age 16 for second-degree robbery.

In 2014, Suggs was arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana to a police informant. He was ultimately sentenced to six years and eight months for the nonviolent offense and went to prison in early 2016. He bounced among facilities, ending up in a fire camp in Jamestown, Calif., east of Stockton. After marijuana was legalized in November 2016, Suggs appealed his case and was released in 2017, left to rebuild his world from scratch.

Prison, he said, numbs you to the realities and responsibilities of life.

“That’s the scary thing, that you get comfortable with being in jail,” Suggs said. “You don’t have to open a door, hold money. You forget what it feels like to hug a girl.”

African Americans are vastly overrepresented in California’s prison system. In 2017, 28.5% of male prisoners were African American, despite making up just 5.6% of the state’s residents, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Their incarceration rate is 10 times that of white men.

L.A.’s beleaguered Social Equity program, launched in an attempt to repair the damage done primarily to low-income and nonwhite communities by the war on drugs, seemed the ideal way for Suggs to get back on his feet. Whites and Blacks use marijuana at roughly the same rate, but Blacks are almost four times more likely to be arrested on suspicion of possession, according to the ACLU. Those whom the criminal justice system had punished for marijuana, like Suggs, might be rewarded with a license to open their own dispensary. Around 1,800 applicants flocked to the site in September to get one of the 100 licenses available.

But there were problems. A total of 226 applicants were inexplicably allowed to access the first-come, first-serve online platform before the official start time of 10 a.m. Advocates cried foul, claiming that some folks had an unfair advantage — of the 100 winners, just 18 were African American, according to the Guardian. Suggs was No. 604 on the list — he didn’t get a license and ended up disappointed. “You think the government wants to help you, then they screw you over,” he said.

The irony of being sent to prison for selling marijuana on the street while Apple Store-like dispensaries make millions on it is not lost on Suggs.

Despite, or maybe because of his experiences, he talks a lot about manifesting good energy. “I went through a lot of adversity, and I still want to help people,” he said. “Every day is an opportunity.”

He sees food as an opportunity to promote unity in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown and massive nationwide protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. “Food brings people together,” he said. “I want my customers to be like, ‘I’ve got to go back there’ because it’s so good. ‘I want to bring a friend to show them this good experience.’

“Food and weed are gonna be the two biggest bring-backs. Everyone has an experience with a meal where you remember where you were when you ate that meal.”

Suggs remains inspired by Hussle, who opened Marathon Clothing in 2017. “The way I can show that I’m gonna ride for him is to try to do the same thing he was doing. Focus on the business aspect,” he said.

The police and the institutions that are designed, in theory, to protect the citizenry are the things that keep Suggs — who was sentenced to prison for something that was, at the same time he was entering the system, being legalized and infused with corporate capital — on edge.

A couple of weeks ago, I met Suggs at a restaurant on Temple Street in Historic Filipinotown, near where he lives. He was nervous to meet on the street.

“I want to let you know how scary it is for me to even be sitting right here with you,” he said. “The people walking by — they could think that I’m a threat. They get on the phone and be like, ‘Let me call the police real quick, just to be sure.’” He then described the scenario that goes through his head every time he leaves his home.

“They [the police] come up and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on over here, guys? You’re a little fidgety man, you’re a little anxious.’”

“They run my name. ‘Give me your ID. Oh! You’ve got a history. You’ve been arrested for this, that, that. You got any weapons, any drugs?’”

“I was just having a conversation with you,” Suggs said. “And now I’m trying not to get shot.

“Every single day I’m worried about the police pulling me over. That’s the thing I am most worried about.”

Suggs plunged a significant portion of his savings into Antidote Eats — he paid almost $4,000 for the wrap, owes $2,200 per month for the lease on the truck and $1,000 per month to the commissary where he stores it. He’s been able to make ends meet by bringing the truck out periodically, but the shutdown has made things tight. He’s started flipping cars at auction to make some extra money.

“It’s draining my pockets,” he said. “I’m trying to ride it out.”

The government’s Paycheck Protection Program, which has faltered in getting needed money to small restaurants and businesses in a timely and effective way, was no help. “You had to have a business bank account in February,” Suggs said. His truck didn’t debut until March.

He said he’d like to feed protesters but doesn’t feel safe going out. If he gets caught in a pocket of violence, he’s afraid he might lose the truck — if not to looters, then to police.

“This is why I’m scared to take the truck out,” he messaged me, alongside a post about beloved Louisville, Ky., barbecue figure David McAtee, who was fatally shot Monday as police and the Kentucky National Guard dispersed a large crowd. McAtee, who was 53, was known for feeding local cops for free.

“Now go back to the feeling I talked about underwater,” Suggs said.


Warrants: Suspected gang member faces 17 charges after selling pot to undercover cop

A suspected gang member from Mableton faces 17 charges after repeatedly selling marijuana to an undercover police officer, authorities said.

Deunte Malik Brewer, 20, has been in jail since April 1 following a monthslong investigation by the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Organized Crime Unit, arrest warrants show.

He was taken into custody after police pulled him over near the intersection of Floyd and Clay roads for driving with a cracked windshield. During the arrest, police discovered nearly 17 grams of marijuana and a Glock handgun, records show.

Brewer is also accused of throwing a baggie containing six ecstasy pills out the window of a police vehicle after being detained, authorities said. When investigators search his home, they discovered $450 in cash and a Mac-10 handgun, police said.

According to his warrants, Brewer is a member of a “hybrid criminal street gang” known as 1034 Gvngland, which allegedly operates out of the Joseph Club Drive town home community in Mableton. Some members have ties to larger national criminal organizations, police said, and Brewer himself is allegedly associated with the Rollin’ 30s Crips, according to his warrants.

Authorities said that before his arrest earlier this month, Brewer sold marijuana to an undercover MCS agent on three occasions, twice on Joseph Club Drive and a third time in the parking lot of the Publix on Veterans Memorial Drive.

After waiving his right to an attorney, Brewer allegedly told police he is the “CEO of Gangland,” according to his most recent warrant.

Brewer also faces battery charges in connection with a gang-related fight at Cumberland Mall earlier this year, authorities said. According to that warrant, Brewer and two of his associates allegedly beat a man on Jan. 11 and later bragged about it on Instagram. Police said Brewer tagged the victim in his posts and insulted the rival gang that he was allegedly affiliated with.

In all, the 20-year-old faces 14 felony charges and three misdemeanors: including six counts of participating in gang activity four counts of selling marijuana one count of battery one count of tampering with evidence one count of possessing a Schedule 1 controlled substance one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony two counts of using a communication device to commit a felony and one count of driving with a cracked windshield, online jail records show.


Police issue warning to San Antonio-area parents after finding drug-laced candy

12:48 PM on Apr 7, 2018 CDT

Authorities in the Texas city of Fair Oaks Ranch issued a warning to parents after they found dozens of packages of candy laced with drugs during a traffic stop.

Police officers said they found 80 packages of candy laced with marijuana in a vehicle they pulled over Monday, according to a Facebook post from the department.

Fair Oaks Ranch is about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio.

Police issued the warning because the apple- and cherry-flavored candies are packaged in a way that looks like regular candies, they said.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested on an unrelated possession of marijuana charge, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Police said they are waiting on lab test results to know if he will face additional charges in connection with the marijuana-laced candy.


Zonka Bar Bust: Arizona's Anti-Pot Zealots Throw Medical-Marijuana Entrepreneurs in Jail

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Chris Martin had an idea for a business in Arizona, where voters passed a law that legalizes medical-marijuana "edibles" under certain conditions.

Last year, the Zonka Bar was born: available in flavors including chocolate and sugar-free peanut butter, and infused with marijuana extract. Like other edibles, it was perfect for a medical-marijuana patient who didn't want to smoke. Assuming it wasn't adulterated with anything but marijuana, the Zonka Bar was less harmful than a four-pack of wine coolers.

But Martin and his associates didn't follow all of the rules under the 2010 law, authorities say.

Had they contracted with a so-far-nonexistent state-authorized dispensary to distribute the Zonka Bars, their actions would have been legal.

Instead, these entrepreneurs are facing multiple felony charges and the possiblity of years in prison.

In seemingly schizophrenic Arizona, 841,346 voters passed a liberal law that legalizes marijuana for those with certain medical ailments, but the state is governed by rabid conservatives who are some of the law's most vocal opponents.

Local law enforcement officials could be taking a different approach to this very political issue. They could exercise reasonable discretion, but they've chosen to side with the prohibitionists.

State law is part of the problem. Not the new law, but the old, obsolete law -- the one that says possession of a single grain of marijuana is a felony and that selling, growing or transporting marijuana or the "narcotic" of "cannabis" are serious felonies. Cops love making felony arrests -- and usually, it's a good thing. Not in this case, though.

The new and old laws are creating unjust and drastic differences in the way law enforcement deals with marijuana. It's like if lengthy prison sentence were threatened for selling alcohol without a license or carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, (before the new law that says you don't even need a permit to carry a concealed weapon).

For the most part, police are alleging that Martin and his associates sold a product labeled as medical marijuana to various compassion clubs, which sold them to medical-marijuana patients.

Without doubt, this has something do with the burgeoning medical-marijuana industry authorized by the 2010 law. Law enforcement officials aren't seeing it that way, though.

A Yavapai County task force that calls itself PANT (Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking) led a lengthy and expensive investigation into Zonka bars. A September 17 news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office about the bust is entitled: "P.A.N.T. takes out Drug Sales Syndicate -- Items Sold Included Cannabis Candy and Treats."

Four people have been arrested so far: Christopher Lee Martin, 37, and Andrea Lyn Martin, 33, of Prescott, Todd James, 40, and Christopher Goodrich, 39, both of Phoenix. Other people may be arrested or charged as the investigation continues, cops say.

Raids took place on September 12 and 13 at:

* A commercial kitchen at 1732 West Bell in Phoenix

* The Joint ReLeaf Compassion Club, 3143 East Roosevelt AZ CPC, 1833 East Indian School Road and Green Cross, 1000 East Indian School Road, and the home of Todd James, all in Phoenix.

* And in Prescott, The Green Cross, 919 12th Place #14, and Hippie Village Emporium, 635 Walnut Road.

Authorities seized 20 pounds of marijuana, "hundreds" of Zonka bars and other candies made by the company and about $70,000 in cash. Numerous firearms also were recovered (though that would be the case with a raid of many homes in Arizona.)

Martin was the leader and master chef who created the line of candy bars and other products, police allege.

Authorities say the investigation began with a tip to Silent Witness, plus other citizen complaints.

But it's not like the Zonka company was skulking around a street corner or attending meetings with Los Zetas. They've been advertising on the Internet since April. Their website still was up today, advertising pot-infused candy bars, lollipops, and ice cream. The site has rolling banners that warn against use by children and recommend getting the advice of a doctor.

The site also links to info on Zonka's "rep program," stating that:

I put together a SAMPLE PACKAGE, with either pre-ordered or already assembled standard menu items. The KIT will include marketing materials to help spread the word about our Zonka Bars Brand. We will have a confidentiality waiver included and a free tee shirt as our gift to you for being a Zonka Bars Brand Rep. You must have your MMA Green Card in order to participate.

Such indiscretion has consequences, clearly.

Martin and the others are not just charged with selling pot -- they're charged with selling a "narcotic." As New Times pointed out in an April blog post, Arizona law has long defined "cannabis" as the resin extracted from marijuana plants, and "cannabis" is deemed a "narcotic" that merits higher penalties.

The 2010 law apparently nullifies that "narcotic" designation by defining usable marijuana as the plant or "any mixture or preparation thereof."

But prosecutors allege the Zonka folks were operating outside of the 2010 law, and therefore the harsh "narcotics" designation applies.

Jack Fields, chief of the civil division for the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, says he believes that, in general, distributing a Zonka-like product to a state-authorized dispensary could be legal.

But it's the view of his office that no marijuana can be sold except by dispensaries, which don't yet exist. Patients can exchange marijuana between themselves under some of the law's rules, as long as nothing of value is transferred. Registered caregivers can be reimbursed by patients for some of their expenses. But nothing in the 2010 law allows for the compassion-clubs model, which theoretically give marijuana to dues-paying club members for free, as explained in several New Times articles.

And although all of the Zonka "players" were either medical-marijuana patients or caregivers, the law doesn't allow them to manufacture Zonka candies and sell them wholesale to compassion clubs, Fields says.

The medical-marijuana law, he says, "in our view, calls out very narrow exceptions."

In other words, Yavapai County expects those in the medical-marijuana industry to walk a tightrope -- and jail will be waiting if they fall.

Fields admits his boss, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, "has very strong opinions" about the medical-marijuana law.

That's for sure. Polk is one of the state's most vocal anti-weed activists. Last month, she even stooped to putting out false propaganda about the Arizona U.S. Attorney's supposed plan to shut down dispensaries if they ever open. Her bad info was subsequently picked up and repeated by Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher.

An affiliate with Green Cross, one of the targets in the investigation, says the state's "vendetta" against medical marijuana "makes me want to vomit."

The affiliate didn't want to give his name, but says he knows Chris Martin and the others involved with Zonka personally.

"These are really nice people -- they're not criminals," he says. "They have been arrested for creating an edible line. The only drug they were working with was marijuana."

The Green Cross operator admits that Martin's criminal record wasn't spotless. Fields also confirms that Martin has been busted previously for growing marijuana. A check of court records turned up a 1996 arrest for criminal damage and assaulting a peace officer the disposition of the case isn't given.

Martin also is president of the Desert Eagles Motorcycle Club, though it's unclear if that means he's some sort of motorcycle gang member. The Green Cross guy says the club organizes group rides to benefit charity organizations. Fields says the club is affiliated with the Hells Angels.

Whatever Martin's background, he seems to have a head for business.

He just got busy too early.

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36 Accused of Committing Violent Crimes in Quest to Join Mafia

They are known in the underworld as "wannabes," ambitious criminals who hope to become full-fledged Mafia members by committing violent crimes and sharing their spoils with mob leaders. Before dawn yesterday, Federal agents and New York City officers swept up 36 men they identified as "wannabes" and accused them of engaging in dozens of hijackings, street robberies and narcotics deals and selling machine guns and automatic weapons to mobsters and other criminals in the city.

In the charges, agents and prosecutors listed a bevy of street names that were commonly used by some defendants, including Sal the Geep, Tony the Nose, Jack Five Hands, Matty Square and Blond Joe. Wives of two of the men were also arrested.

Law-enforcement officials said those arrested men -- and three fugitives -- belonged to four separate rings that operated mainly in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island and had links to four of the five Mafia crime families in the New York area. One suspect, the officials said, supplied more than 60 guns to the two factions battling violently for control of the Colombo crime family.

Previously, "wannabes," also known as associates in crime families, have usually been arrested in conjunction with cases against "made," or full-fledged, Mafiosi.

There are no ironclad guidelines for joining a Mafia family. But law-enforcement experts say that a candidate traditionally proves his mettle by "making his bones," a lengthy ritual of exhibiting loyalty, through brutal crimes if necessary. The newcomers must also be willing to share illegal profits with made members.

The accusations filed yesterday in United States District Court in Brooklyn culminated a two-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the city's Police Department. More than 400 guns were bought from the defendants in the investigation, according to the charges.

William A. Gavin, the head of the F.B.I.'s New York office, and Zachary W. Carter, the United States Attorney in Brooklyn, said at a news conference that the inquiry showed that the Mafia was involved in predatory street violence and not just in labor rackets, gambling and other white-collar crimes.

One gang that specialized in truck and cargo hijackings warned its victims to give the police false descriptions of the robbers, according to F.B.I. affidavits. "Tell the police that black guys did it," some defendants were quoted as telling victims.

One gang was charged with battering a jewelry dealer in the face in Shirley, L.I., on Oct. 10, 1991, and fleeing with $100,000 in gems.

The same gang, the charges said, held a drug dealer hostage in a park in Brooklyn, poured lighter fluid on him and threatened to light it. The dealer was released when friends turned over a supply of marijuana, according to F.B.I. affidavits.

Mr. Carter, Mr. Gavin and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said that much of the evidence came from two men who became informers after being indicted on Federal gun-possession charges in 1991.

Salvatore Candela, 29, and Anthony Persichetti, 31, were listed in the complaints as leaders of the largest ring, with 24 members, based in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. F.B.I. agents said the gang hijacked nine delivery trucks of the Globe Wholesale Tobacco and Candy Company because its owners refused to make payoffs to the Gambino family. Other charges against the gang included trafficking in guns and drugs, and fur-company robberies and hijackings.

Dino Basciano, 38, who was said to have operated mainly from a social club at 607 Henry Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, was accused of conspiracy to commit murder and of providing at least 60 guns to warring factions in the Colombo family.

According to the charges, another group, consisting of nine men, was led by Gioacchino Cinquemani, 34, and often met in the Big Town Meat Market at Astoria Boulevard and 21st Street in Astoria, Queens. Mr. Cinquemani, a partner in the market, was accused of being an associate in the Lucchese crime family, conspiring to arrange a "contract hit" for $5,000 and smuggling guns into the city from Ohio.


Police catch former Durant dentist selling marijuana on black market

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - A former Durant dentist who worked for the Choctaw Nation was charged this week for trafficking illegal marijuana. His involvement in the medical marijuana industry and how police caught him.

A dentist once known well in Durant has recently been charged with illegal drug trafficking. Police say he left dentistry for the medical marijuana industry.

Durant police say 52-year-old Charlie William Bachmann was charged for selling medical marijuana on the black market to an out-of-state drug trafficking organization.

Bachmann formerly owned his own dental practice before becoming head of the dentistry program for the Choctaw Nation. Choctaw Nation representatives say he left in 2019.

“He does have a license to I think grow marijuana but obviously not sell. They received information that he was selling. Conducted surveillance and actually caught him selling marijuana,” said Drew Hale with Durant Police.

Durant police had been investigating illegal drug activity at a business in a plaza on Westside drive, owned by Bachmann.

“There were several other people arrested in conjunction with this. I believe they were the ones actually buying the marijuana. They come of course from out of state to buy it,” said Hale.

Eric Goodrich and Gilbert Loredo Jr of Houston and Brian Rios of Cypress, Texas were also arrested.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority says license holders lose their license with a felony drug conviction. They say Bachmann held 50% ownership of S and B Cannabis LLC in Durant, a licensed business to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana.

He resigned his ownership February 16th, days after the arrest.

“With trafficking you know of course it depends on the amount and things like that. By statute I believe it’s 4 years in prison up to life and possibly a monetary fine,” said Hale.

The three other men were booked in the Bryan County jail for trafficking in illegal drugs with bonds set at $250,000 each. Bachmann was released on a $10,000 bond.


Noida: Five people including two women have been arrested in Noida for duping people on the pretext of selling phones as well as insurance schemes to them on an online portal. All the accused are from Noida and, according to the police, have been identified as Haider Ali, Rahul Tripathi, Subham Kumar, Kushbu (wife of Rahul), Sonia Sharma.

The police, while talking to the media, said that action against the accused was taken after a minimum of 10 complaints of fraud were received by the police with the same modus operandi. During the investigation, the police found that the accused had been using different IP addresses. The cyber police first arrested Shubham after which the police arrested the other accused.

DCP of Noida, Runvijay Singh told the media that Haider had been leading the gang since one and half months and used to work in a fake call centre in Noida sector 62 which the cops busted. He had worked at other places before starting his own gang.

The DCP said that the accused used to post pictures of expensive phones on an online portal on the pretext of selling them to people. Once they were contacted by potential customers, they use to fix the price at Rs 50000 Rs 70000. They then used to ask the people to transfer half the funds to book the phone. However, the phones were never delivered to the customers.

Reports suggest that the accused have cheated over 25 people so far and have been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the IPC and relevant sections of the IT act.


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