May 07, 2018
Contact: Erica C. Curry
Phone Number: (602) 664-5600
DEA Target Faces $1 Million Fine And Four Years In Prison
Culmination of investigation and prosecution of Phoenix spice and bath salts distributor
PHOENIX - The DEA announced the conclusion of its case against Juan Mark Sayegh, 44, of Phoenix, who earlier this week was sentenced in federal court to serve 48 months in prison and ordered to forfeit an estimated $1.7 million in cash and assets. Sayegh was the owner and operator of Greenlight Distribution, a Phoenix-based spice and bath salts manufacturer and distributor, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
“Synthetic drugs like bath salts and spice inflict incredible damage to communities,” said Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge of DEA in Arizona. “This investigation demonstrates the commitment of DEA and our federal prosecutors to bringing drug traffickers to face justice in federal court for their crimes against citizens of Arizona and the nation.”
Greenlight Distribution manufactured and distributed designer synthetic drugs including synthetic cannabinoid (spice) and synthetic cathinone (bath salts). Their operations were shut down on July 25, 2012, when the DEA executed a search warrant at several locations associated with Greenlight as part of a larger DEA-coordinated nationwide enforcement action called Operation Logjam.
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF) designated investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Phoenix, Milwaukee, and Kansas City field offices, Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Phoenix field office, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas.