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Northern Nevada man convicted of selling synthetic drugs

RENO - In the first federal jury trial of its kind in Nevada involving synthetic drugs commonly referred to as spice, a Reno, Nevada man has been convicted of multiple counts related to the distribution and possession of the dangerous substances.

Iqbal Singh-Sidhu, 33, was convicted on of 16 counts of possession with intent to distribute or distribution of controlled substances, and controlled substance analogues intended for human consumption, and one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise as to his business.

Purchasing and using these compounds is extremely dangerous and can be equated to playing Russian roulette, said U.S. Attorney Bogden.  The chemicals used to make the drugs are continually altered and the substance you get one day will not be the same one you get the next day. 

Singh-Sidhu knowingly and unlawfully distributed controlled substances, and analogues intended for human consumption on 4 different occasions. The spice he distributed over the course of these four occasions was labeled Diablo, Hayze, White Rhino, and Smokin Dragon.

Federal officers found dozens of packages of several varieties of spice at his business, and three boxes and a garbage bag containing hundreds of packages of various types of spice at his home.  The overall street value of the spice recovered at these premises was approximately $20,000.

Synthetic drugs such as those recovered from Singh-Sidhu have hallucinogenic effects on the central nervous system. The physiological effects these substances cause are stronger and more potent than those caused by marijuana. 

Singh-Sidhu also unlawfully maintained the business of Grab 'n Go Food 'n Liquors for the purpose of distributing spice with these controlled substances, and analogues intended for human consumption. 

Singh-Sidhu faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count, except for the maintaining a drug-involved premises count, which carries a maximum fine of $500,000.