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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Former Business Owner Sentenced In Federal Court

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Yahya A. Abdelhadi, 34, of Mobile, Alabama, was sentenced in federal court this afternoon.  Abdelhadi is the former owner of the American Supermarket, a location where Mobile County sheriff’s deputies made controlled buys of “Spice,” or synthetic marijuana, during 2014.  Following the undercover investigation, Abdelhadi and others were arrested on federal charges involving the distribution of controlled substance analogues and controlled substances, and money laundering.  Abdelhadi pled guilty to three counts of conspiracy—conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy to distribute controlled substance analogues, and conspiracy to launder drug money—in April of 2015. 

United States District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade imposed a sentence of 72 months on each count, and ordered that the sentences run concurrently.  She also ordered that Abdelhadi will commence a three-year term of supervised release when he is discharged from incarceration.  Judge Granade did not impose a fine but ordered that Abdelhadi pay $300 in special mandatory assessments. 

The case was investigated by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.

Updated December 15, 2016