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5 Central Arkansas Men Busted During “Operation Spicy Possum”

A nation-wide crack down on synthetic drugs landed five Arkansans behind bars.

The bust, called “Operation Spicy Possum,” left the following men facing drug charges with intent to distribute: Amjad Kattom, 36; Sahar Kattom, 34; Yousef Qattoum, 37; Abdul Aziz Farishta, 50; and Adam Kattoum, 20. Each is facing conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and analogues of a controlled substance. Eassa Rawashdeh, 23, had also been implicated in the crime but has not been arrested.

Authorities said the men sold the drugs in several central Arkansas businesses including Sunshine Food, Sunshine Mart, Woodrow Discount Store, Joseph’s Discount Store, Smokey’s Discount tobacco, and Hip hop Sportwear from July 2012 to June 2013.

They could face up to 20 years in prison and/or a $1 million fine with no less than three years of supervised release.

Authorities said the arrests are part of a much larger operation in 35 states, called Project Synergy.

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2 Responses to 5 Central Arkansas Men Busted During “Operation Spicy Possum”

  1. Dawn Whitney Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    What is this drug an why were these stores buying it.????

  2. john Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    probrably spice, they use to sell it at the head shops in hot springs, but it was banned sometime i think in 2011. its suppose to be a “legal” version of weed. but i have heard rumors that some people have had very negative effects from smoking it. its suppose to be legal so i suppose that is why they bought it. the state law are trying to ban it, idk if the government has stepped in but im sure they will soon.

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