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14-094 10 Arrested For The Sale And Distribution Of Synthetic Cannabinoids During “Operation Spice King”

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Narcotics Division

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tampa District Office

The Office of Statewide Prosecution

Pyarali Shamsuddin Heerani (Arrested)
DOB: 7/7/1965
Address: 6512 Marina Pt. Village #207, Tampa
Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids

Shamir Sultanali Nathani (Arrested)
DOB: 9/25/1981
Address: 3053 Corona Drive, Holiday
Charges: 2 Counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids and Violation of RICO

Dadhichi Naik(Arrested)
DOB: 11/21/1976
Address: 3377 Sherwood Drive, Largo
Charges: Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering

Hasnain Brohi (Arrested)
DOB: 9/7/1987
Address: 9659 Azeem Avenue, Houston 77099
Charges:  Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids

Farkunda Akhtar (Arrested)
DOB: 1/10/1993
Address: 2300 McCue Apt. 317, Houston, TX 77056
Charges:  Possession Synthetic Cannabinoid With Intent to Sell

Hurara Hassan (Arrested)
DOB: 7/16/1980
Address: 10300 S. Willcrest Drive, Apt. 805 Houston, TX 77099
Charges:  Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Distribute

Akber Ghazanfer (Arrested)
DOB: 1/7/1981
Address: 8918 Shady Green, Houston, TX 77099
Charges:  Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell

Sheraz Khowaja  (Arrested)
DOB: 5/22/1987
Address: 13100 W. Billfort Apt. 1311 Houston, TX 77099
Charges:  Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell

Trudy Nathani (Arrested)
DOB: 1/2/1968
Address: 3053 Corona Drive, Holiday
Charges:  Own/Operate a Residence for Manufacturing Narcotics

Joanel Volcin  (Arrested)
DOB: 8/25/1978
Address: 5360 59th Circle East Apt. F2, St. Petersburg
Charges:  Possession of Controlled Substance

What:
Narcotics detectives have arrested 10 suspects in connection to the sale and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids which was discovered through a year-long multi-jurisdictional investigation.

Where:
The suspects were arrested in Pinellas County. The suspects were manufacturing and packaging the synthetic cannabinoids in four locations throughout Pinellas County and distributing the product to at least four local convenient stores. They were also shipping it to locations in eight states to include, Nevada, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and New Hampshire.

When:
The investigation began in June of 2013. The suspects were arrested between April 7 and April 8, 2014.

How/Why:
Narcotics detectives have arrested 10 suspects in connection to the sale and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids which was discovered through a year-long multi-jurisdictional investigation. The joint investigation between the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and The Office of Statewide Prosecution began in June of 2013 after a tip came in that the suspect 32-year-old Shamir Sultanali Nathani was actively distributing synthetic cannabinoids in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the  United States.

Nathani’s product was sold to an undercover operative in September which tested positive for the substance AM2201. Subsequent seized packages tested positive for the substances UR144 and XLR11. These three substances are illegal under Florida law.

Detectives were then lead to a second suspect that Nathani was working for, who was identified as 48-year-old Pyarali Shamsuddin Heerani.

The investigation continued and through various investigative techniques, 8 other suspects were identified to be working under Heerani and Nathani. These 8 suspects were involved in the manufacturing and distributing of synthetic cannabinoids in four different locations which included two public storage facilities and two private residences.

Once the product was manufactured the suspects then distributed the product throughout Florida, including at least four local convenient stores and also shipped to eight different states to include Nevada, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and New Hampshire. According to detectives, the suspects shipped approximately 1,000 parcels from 2011 to 2014 via UPS. 67 kilos of finished product were seized during the investigation.

“For people who continue to sell this poison, they need to stop. They’re hurting the kids as they selfishly try to get rich quick. The only thing they are going to get themselves, is a quick trip to jail. They need to think who they are selling this to and if this was their son, their daughter, their brother, their sister who’s smoking this stuff.  It is adversely affecting our community, it’s making people violent, it has delusional qualities to it, its not marijuana, it doesn’t mellow people out and it really is a problem” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri during today’s press conference.

The suspects were arrested in Pinellas County on the following charges.  Pyarali Shamsuddin Heerani -  Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids; Shamir Sultanali Nathani – 2 Counts of Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids and Violation of RICO; Dadhichi Naik – Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering; Hasnain Brohi -Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids; Farkunda Akhtar – Possession Synthetic Cannabinoid With Intent to Sell; Hurara Hassan – Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell/Manufacture/Distribute; Akber Ghazanfer – Charges:  Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell; Sheraz Khowaja – Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell; Trudy Nathani – Own/Operate a Residence for Manufacturing Narcotics; Joanel Volcin – Possession of Controlled Substance.

Pyarali Shamsuddin Heerani remains a fugitive on RICO charges at this time.

The investigation continues.

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