Final sentences issued in synthetic drug conspiracy

TYLER - The final two family members in a synthetic drug conspiracy that included a Tyler convenience store were sentenced to federal prison, according a Department of Justice press release.

Dallas natives, Sharjeel Jeff Ali, 29 and his mother, 54-year-old Nadia Farishta, were sentenced Nov. 2 to 30 months and 47 months respectively in federal prison for various charges involving synthetic drugs.

Farishta's ex-husband, Saleem Jiwani, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison earlier in 2017 as a co-conspirator in distributing synthetic drugs from the Minute Stop convenience store in Tyler.

Her daughter, Carrollton native, Nimrose Khan, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Farishta's son-in-law and Carrollton native, Adeel Khan, was given a sentence of 30 months in federal prison for similar charges.

The defendants will forfeit more than $250,000 in seized money and bank accounts, roughly 55 pounds of synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

Money will also be taken by the United States after judgments in the amount of $500,000 against Jiwani and Farishta.

“The scourge of illegal drug use in our community is as great now as ever before” said Acting U.S. Attorney Featherston.  “In this case, the selling of chemically laced leaves and other substances to be sold as fake marijuana to young people is reckless. No one has any idea what exactly was sprayed onto the “K-2” substance, yet these synthetic drugs were sold for lots of money.  It’s crazy to me that people will ingest these so called “synthetic” drugs with nothing more than a guess as to what high or harm it will do to them. The investigators and prosecutors did a great job in putting this case together.”

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