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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Former Employee Of Forty Fort GM Foodmart Store Sentenced To Two Years' Probation For Role In Synthetic Marijuana Conspiracy

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 26-year-old Indian national who worked at a GM Foodmart store in Kingston, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to two years’ probation for his role in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Manjinder Singh, also known as “Mintu,” who currently resides in New Jersey, previously admitted that he conspired with others to distribute synthetic marijuana from the store during January 2012 through July 2012.

     The charge against Singh resulted from an investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigative Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

     Judge Kosik ordered Singh to spend the first four months of his sentence on home confinement with electronic monitoring.

     The owner of the GM Foodmart store, Mastan Mathan, previously pleaded guilty to participating in a money laundering conspiracy connected to the sale of synthetic marijuana. He is awaiting sentencing.

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

Updated April 17, 2015