Rochester Man Sentenced for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

A Rochester man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for selling synthetic marijuana out of a convenience store. 

Federal prosecutors say Mohammed Akram managed the Best in the West store on Jay Street and lived in an apartment upstairs. 

He was accused of buying green vegetable matter in New York City for resale at his store. He claimed the packages were potpourri, but prosecutors say he and his customers knew the substances were laced. He was convicted of misbranding food. 

A raid turned up $67,000 in cash and 1,900 packets of suspected synthetic marijuana.


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