Four Men Charged For Large-Scale Distribution Of Synthetic Cannabinoids Through Multiple Websites
The Defendants Shipped Drugs To All 50 States And Made More Than $1 Million
(STL.News) Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), Peter C. Fitzhugh, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Office of the United States Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging NIAZ KHAN, NOEL SANABRIA, ANDRE GOMES, and PATRICK PATTERSON with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids and to distribute controlled substances using the internet. The case has been assigned to United States District Judge J. Paul Oetken.
KHAN, SANABRIA, GOMES, and PATTERSON were arrested this morning. KHAN, SANABRIA, and GOMES will be presented later today in Manhattan federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger. PATTERSON will be presented tomorrow in San Francisco federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Trafficking of synthetic cannabinoids – sometimes called K2 or Spice – poses a serious threat to public health and safety.