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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 2, 2018

Four Bakersfield Men Arrested Today for Conspiring to Distribute Synthetic Narcotics

FRESNO, Calif. — On June 28, 2018, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Mubarek Alnajar, 28; Yousef Nazem Alnajar, 24; Nazem Ahmed Alnajar, 46; and Bandar Gamal Saleh Alnaggar, 39, all of Bakersfield, charging them with conspiring to distribute synthetic narcotics, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, from August 2016 through March 2018, the defendants conspired to distribute synthetic narcotics, including FUB-AMB, ADB-PINACA, AB‑FUBINACA, all Schedule I controlled substances. They distributed narcotics through several minimarts and smoke shops they owned and managed in Bakersfield.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, California Highway Patrol, and Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant B. Rabenn is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
1:18-cr-135-DAD
Updated July 2, 2018