An Elizabeth man faces multiple drug charges after thousands of dollars’ worth of synthetic marijuana was seized from his home and the convenience store where he worked, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced today.
Shabib Al Ramadina, a 39-year-old Jordanian national, is charged with two second-degree drug offenses; two third-degree drug offenses; and a single count of fourth-degree possession of drug paraphernalia, Park said.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office gave the following account:
A two-month joint investigation involving the Elizabeth Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that Al Ramadina was allegedly selling synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia out of Brothers Food Market, a convenience store on the 100 block of Spring Street in Elizabeth.
Earlier this week, detectives entered the store, arrested Al Ramadina and obtained permission to search the premises. The search turned up more than 160 assorted 5-gram packages of synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia, and more than $1,100 in cash was seized.
Al Ramadina subsequently gave detectives consent to search his apartment on the 1400 block of Lexington Place in Elizabeth, where investigators recovered 150 more 5-gram packages of synthetic drugs. The total weight of the seized drugs was approximately three pounds, and the cumulative estimated street value of the drugs is more than $6,200.
Designer synthetic drugs, including some forms of synthetic marijuana, often are marketed as herbal incense, bath salts, jewelry cleaner, or plant food, and they have caused significant abuse, addiction, overdoses, and emergency room visits, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
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