Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge

February 04, 2016

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-3900

Deli Owner Indicted For Synthetic Cannabinoids

ALBANY, N.Y. - Shukri Abdullah, age 43, of Albany, New York, was arraigned yesterday on an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids with brand names like Scooby Snax, Geeked Up, and Green Giant. 

The announcement was made by James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration New York Division, United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, and Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple, Sr.

The indictment alleges that on August 20, 2015, Shukri, a co-owner of a deli in Albany, New York, possessed with the intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids - also known as “Spice” and “K2” - are substances designed to mimic the effects of cannabis, and are often sold as a smokable drug.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Abdullah faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine, if convicted.  A sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.  Abdullah, who was indicted on December 23, 2015, was arraigned on February 2, 2016 before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel.  He was detained pending trial before United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Albany County Sherriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wayne A. Myers.
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