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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Buffalo Man Arrested And Charged With Possession With Intent To Distribute Synthetic Marijuana Near An Elementary School

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Salleh Dubaishi, 40, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school. The charges carry a minimum penalty of one year in prison, a maximum of 40 years and a $2,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who is handling the case, stated that on November 17, 2015, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance conducted a regulatory inspection of Pyramid Express HSD, a convenience store located near Public School 45 in Buffalo. Investigators recovered over 500 packages of synthetic marijuana packages, which were labeled with names such as, “Strawberry Scooby Snax,” “Hypnotic,” and “Insane.”

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and was released on conditions.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Csutoms Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero, and the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, under the direction of Commissioner Thomas Mattox.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated November 2, 2016