April 02, 2018
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Pennsylvania Man Sentenced To More Than Four Years For Trafficking In Synthetic Marijuana
(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) - On March 30, 2018, Thair (46, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, also known as “K2” or “Spice.” He pleaded guilty on August 21, 2017.
According to court documents, in April 2017, Zatar was pulled over for a traffic stop in Baker County, Florida, while driving from Tampa to his home. During a consensual search of his vehicle, authorities discovered that he was transporting 201 kilograms of individual packets of synthetic marijuana, labeled “potpourri” and “not for human consumption.” Zatar confessed that three weeks prior, he had made another trip from Tampa to Pennsylvania and had transported a smaller quantity of packets. A laboratory analysis revealed that the substance in the packets was a synthetic cannabinoid referred to as AB-FUBINACA, a Schedule I controlled substance.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Jacksonville District Office and and the Florida Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.