View Full Version : Refugee Forced To Take Plea Deal As Texas Bust Nets 15, MILLIONS Discovered

12-07-2017, 07:26 PM
Synthetic cannabinoids have become a tremendous product in the Houston area, and a recent bust of 15 refugees is putting a stop to part of the problem. The illegal product is sold under the drug name “kush” and is a chemical compound that is made to mirror the effects of marijuana.

The recent bust ended in the refugees being arrested, and a significant amount of cash seized. Federal officials have asked permission to seize up to $35 million in the case that was tied to the sale of the product.

One of the men arrested, Muhammad Shariq Siddiqi, has been identified as the kingpin. At one time he employed a large team of workers that made the synthetic compound in cement mixers on a Texas farm.

Once the compound is made, it is sprayed on plant leaves that resemble marijuana plants and allowed to dry. The dried leaves with the chemicals on them become a hot product for local retailers.

Siddiqi was responsible for making and then distributing millions of dollars of kush onto the market in the Houston area. His efforts to position himself as a vital part of the local drug market went mostly under the radar of officials until his young son made a mistake at school.

The child was seen passing out $20 and $100 bills at school and drew the attention of school staff. They were not sure where the money was coming from and contacted officials.

The Siddiqi family was living well beyond the means of the average refugee, and this was a red flag for government officials. The elder Siddiqi is a 48-year-old father of 7 who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan.

The extravagant lifestyle of the family tipped off authorities to their illegal activities. Over the course of two years, they bought three gas stations, two smoke shops to sell kush, several high-end cars and over $3 million in other real estate holdings.

I'm happy to see that the welfare administrators were on the case.