Three Pennsylvania residents are facing several charges after police purchased thousands of dollars of synthetic marijuana as a part of an undercover investigation. Synthetic marijuana has been illegal in Pennsylvania since August 2011.
Two men, Ala Hassan Nassar and Abdallah Hasan Matariyeh, and a woman, Linsey Montgomery, are all facing charges in the case.
According to police, a confidential informant bought synthetic marijuana from Montgomery in December 2011. After the purchase occurred, a search warrant was executed at Montgomery’s place of work, the Broad Street Market in Grove City, PA.
Nassar, the store’s owner, was arrested after police discovered 1,366 grams of synthetic marijuana being kept at the store. Both Nassar and Montgomery were charged with delivery and/or possession with intent to deliver.
After those arrests were made, police were made aware that Nassar had more drugs than were discovered at the store. A different informant contacted him and negotiated the sale of 200 packets (1 gram each) of synthetic marijuana. Nassar told the informant that the drugs were “selling like crazy.” The sale would have brought Nassar approximately $1,000, as each packet was selling for $15 to $20 on the street.
That buy went down successfully, and the same informant met Nassar there again for a second buy, this time for 500 packets totaling $3,600. There, Nassar was arrested along with Matariyeh, who was with him during the sale. Officers seized an additional 93 one gram packets, as well as Nazar’s BMW. After searching the home that Nassar and Matariyeh shared, another $17,700 in cash was seized.
Nassar currently faces several charges of delivery and possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and conspiracy, and possession of synthetic marijuana. Both men have been arraigned with bonds set at $20,000, and preliminary hearings have been set for February 16th.