RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – A Northern Nevada man has been convicted in the first federal jury trial involving synthetic drugs in Nevada.
Iqbal Singh-Sidhu, 33, was convicted on Thursday, of 16 counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute or Distribution of Controlled Substances involving synthetic drugs commonly referred to as "spice". Singh-Sidhu was originally charged and arrested in March 2013.
On Feb. 5, 2013, federal search warrants were executed at his business, Grab n Go Food n Liquors, located at 1801 West 4th Street, in Reno, and at his residence located at 3100-block of Platte River Drive. The overall street value of the “spice” recovered at these premises was approximately $20,000.
Singh-Sidhu also unlawfully maintained the business of Grab n Go Food n Liquors for the purpose of distributing “spice” with these controlled substances.
“Purchasing and using these compounds is extremely dangerous and can be equated to playing Russian roulette,” said U.S. Attorney Daniel G. 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. Persons, including youth, are increasingly ingesting these dangerous combinations of chemicals."
Singh-Sidhu faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count. He is scheduled to be sentenced in Reno on June 9.