Two arrested for illegal sales of synthetic marijuana in Newburgh store


Seized synthetic marijuana

NEWBURGH – Two men have been arrested in Newburgh and charged with
illegally selling synthetic marijuana and violating state tax law.

State and local authorities raised Manhattan Deli at 212 Broadway in Newburgh
last Friday and seized 111 packets of suspected synthetic marijuana. Investigators
also found forged cigarette stamps, unstamped cigarettes, marijuana and
an illegal weapon.

Samples of the seized products were analyzed by the state Health Department
and tested positive for six synthetic cannabinoids. As a result, the state
shut down the store.

Arrested were the store owner, Hemyar Almaflehi, 28, of Walden, and the
store clerk, Omar Nagi, 22, of Newburgh.

Both men were charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument
for forged cigarette stamps, possession of unstamped cigarettes for sale,
criminal possession of marijuana and 111 counts of violations to the state
health department’s regulation banning possession of synthetic cannabinoids

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said his office “will
use every means at our disposal to prevent businesses from endangering
the public and encouraging addiction through the sale of synthetic drugs.”

Newburgh City Police Lieutenant Richard Carrion said drugs, including
synthetic ones, “destroy the fabric of communities and are a major
contributor to the violence that affects the safety of our citizens.”

The State Police community Narcotics Enforcement Team – Hudson Valley,
State Department of Taxation and Finance, and State Department of Health
assisted Newburgh Police and the DA’s Office in the investigation.