ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 is learning more about Wednesday’s spice bust in New Mexico.
It was part of a big nationwide effort to crack down on the synthetic drug.
According to federal documents, at least five people were arrested in the state and at least two different smoke shops were the target of the federal investigation.
Fidal Abdel-Jawad was arrested at his home Wednesday. He runs Sean’s Smoke Shop in southeast Albuquerque on Central and Louisiana.
According to a criminal complaint, the feds began investigating Abdel-Jawad in February. They bought spice from him more than once and believe he was making most of his money off the drug.
Spice is a synthetic drug that acts like marijuana, but can carry some very strong side effects like paranoia, panic attacks, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and can lead to death.
Investigators say Abdel-Jawad preferred to sell the drug to young females and carried a gun.
He’s now in MDC on a $150,000 cash or surety bond.
The feds also arrested Sajey Beirat at Jay’s Smoke Shop on Osuna near San Mateo northeast as part of the national takedown.
The feds are expecting to release more Thursday on what other shops were targeted and arrests made in New Mexico.
The feds say they served 200 warrants and arrested 150 people across 29 states in the raid.