Albuquerque man found guilty for ‘spice’ trafficking

Judges gavel

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A federal jury found Firas Abuzuhrieh guilty on federal synthetic drug trafficking charges.

The former owner of Ace Smoke Shop & Hookah Lounge, along with his employee, Islam Kandil, were arrested almost a year ago. They were charged with trafficking in the synthetic cannabinoids known as “spice.”

Kandil and Abuzuhrieh sold the drug to undercover DEA agents on separate occasions.

Kandil pleaded guilty earlier in the month to a possession of spice charge, a misdemeanor.

Abuzuhrieh elected to proceed to trial and was found guilty on all five counts during the four day trial.

The evidence at trial proved Abuzuhrieh sold spice to an undercover DEA agent.  Then, when he was arrested, they found a key to suite with approximately 62 kilograms of the drug.

He is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Under the terms of Kandil’s plea agreement, Kandil will be sentenced to 360 days in prison followed by up to one year of supervised release.

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