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North Olmsted man sentenced to eight years in prison for trafficking cocaine, MDMA analogue and marijuana, as well as laundering drug profits

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A North Olmsted man was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, N-Ethylpentylone (an analogue to MDMA or “molly”) and marijuana.

Emad Silmi, 45, was sentenced to 96 months in prison.

Silmi obtained large amounts of cocaine and then sold it to other drug dealers from his business Global Auto Body & Collision at 4317 W. 130th Street. He also obtained large amounts of N-Ethylpentylone – an analogue of “molly” – which he sold other dealers from his Cleveland auto body shop, according to court documents.

Silmi obtained kilograms of cocaine and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana between January 2016 and March 2017, according to court documents.

Silmi also laundered money as part of an effort to hide his drug profits, according to court documents.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Burke following an investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, Cleveland Division of Police, the IRS, and members of the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area personnel.



Mike Tobin 216-622-3651

Updated April 17, 2023

Drug Trafficking