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Smoke shop owner sentenced to withheld judgement
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Smoke shop owner sentenced to withheld judgement

A 25-year-old Pullman man whose Lewiston smoke shops were the subject of a Spice raid by the Lewiston Police Department in January of 2012 was sentenced today in Lewiston's Second District Court to a withheld judgment.

Sunair Iqbal, who co-owns the BAWA Smoke Shops on Bryden Avenue and East Main Street, pled guilty to one count of felony delivery of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three years of probation, $5000 in civil penalties, plus court costs. If he abides by the terms of his probation, the charge will be dismissed.

Iqbal was charged with six counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; one count of racketeering was previously dismissed. A civil forfeiture of $65,201.56 in US Currency is pending. A telephonic hearing on that matter is scheduled for October 31st.

Police say the shops were allegedly selling a synthetic marijuana known as Spice. Undercover officers made several controlled buys from the locations, and when the search warrants were served on the businesses, approximately 200 packages of suspected Spice were confiscated. The Idaho State Crime Lab determined that they contained AM-2201, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

 

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