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Charlotte Man Arrested And Charged With Unlawful Distribution Of A List I Chemical And Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2012

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Raumeen Abdi Shiraz, 24, of Charlotte was arrested on Friday, July 13, 2012 and charged in a criminal complaint with unlawful distribution of a List I chemical, which commonly is used in the manufacture of illegal methamphetamine, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Shiraz was charged in a new criminal complaint today with the unlawful distribution of a List I chemical, commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office and Chris Briese, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division.

On Friday, July 13, 2012, DEA agents assisted by the FBI executed search warrants at three separate locations in connection with Shiraz: Shiraz’s residence, located at 5552 Robinhood Road in Charlotte, a commercial office space located at 1122 Industrial Drive, Suite 114 in Matthews, and a storage facility at 10111 Park Road, Unit G31, in Charlotte.

Upon execution of the search warrants law enforcement located and seized precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of illegal drugs from all three locations. Law enforcement seized chemicals, including what appears to be Iodine, from Shiraz’s residence. At the Park Road storage unit, law enforcement seized approximately 315 grams of methamphetamine, a heating element, a set of digital scales, and four firearms. From the commercial office space located on Industrial Drive, law enforcement agents recovered what appears to be Iodine and Red Phosphorous, chemicals known to be common precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, Shiraz’s name is on the lease agreement for the commercial office space in Matthews. Shiraz also rented the storage unit located in Charlotte under the fictitious name “Clarence Boddicker.” Court documents state that in September 2011, DEA and other law enforcement agencies began an investigation into Shiraz and his business, “Shiraz Lab Supply,” which, according to the company’s website, is a chemical supply company based in Charlotte. Federal law requires that every person and/or entity that manufactures, imports, distributes, or exports List I chemicals, such as Iodine and Red Phosphorous, to register with the DEA. According to DEA records, neither Shiraz nor Shiraz Lab Supply has proper DEA registration to permit the import, export or distribution of List I chemicals.

In January 2012, according to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint today, law enforcement agents made an undercover purchase of Iodine, a List I chemical, from Shiraz Lab Supply. In April 2012, according to the same affidavit, law enforcement agents made a second undercover purchase of Red Phosphorous, also a List I chemical, from Shiraz Lab Supply. Filed court documents indicate that on May 2, 2012, law enforcement agents met with Shiraz at his residence and provided him with written notice of the DEA registration requirements for distribution of List I chemicals. According to the filed affidavit, law enforcement agents subsequently made two additional undercover purchases of List I chemicals (Iodine) from Shiraz Lab Supply.

The criminal complaint filed today charges Shiraz with unlawful distribution of a List I chemical, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of four years imprisonment. The statutory minimum sentence for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine is five years in prison and the maximum is 40 years imprisonment, and a $5 million fine. The statutory maximum sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charges contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law. Shiraz is currently in federal custody. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the new complaint on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

The investigation is being handled by DEA with the assistance of the FBI. The prosecution for the case is handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. George Guise, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.



 

 

 

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