Operation Synthetic Web, an eight-month investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies, ended in 15 arrests Friday in Deerfield Beach.
Three brothers, Durgham, Othman and Wakas Suleiman, are accused of running a drug ring. The three were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, money laundering and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver.
Officials said Parkland resident Durgham Suleiman, 37, is the alleged leader of the operation. He was also charged with the attempt to introduce contraband into a detention facility, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.
According to investigators, the men intended to sell leaf-based and liquid-based synthetic cannabis products in several counties.
During the investigation, agents said they seized approximately 80 kilograms of leaf-based synthetic cannabinoid products, commonly referred to as spice, with a street value of approximately $200,000. Maisar Atalla and Mustafa Abdelhamid were the alleged suppliers of the products, with names like “Cloud Nine, “WTF” and “Bomb Marley”.
4,000 vials of liquid-based synthetic cannabinoid products with a street value of approximately $160,000 were also seized in the operation. Israel Chaim Nachmoni was the reported supplier of a product known as “Diablo,” which is designed to be used in e-cigarettes.
Laboratory analysis of the drugs found the substances contained ingredients outlawed by an Emergency Order signed in October 2013 by Attorney General Pam Bondi.
These synthetic drugs are known to cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia and tremors.
Investigators also said the organization stole about $37,000 worth of appliances and home goods from Lowes Home Improvement Centers throughout Florida.