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Riverside man indicted on synthetic drugs charges


A Riverside man has been indicted on several felonies — including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity — following an investigation into synthetic drugs sales from his home and business, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. announced today.

A grand jury indicted Munir Al Hmidat, aka Mike Howard, 51, on one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, three counts of aggravated possession of drugs and three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

The indictment followed a joint investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office into reported sales of synthetic marijuana and bath salts at Al Hmidat’s store, Quality Food Mart in Bethel Township Feb. 1.

“The investigation led to the search of the defendant’s residence in Riverside, Montgomery County, Ohio, where the police seized large amounts of synthetic marijuana and bath salts, as well as thousands of dollars in cash,” Heck said in a statement Thursday.

“Synthetic marijuana and bath salts are extremely dangerous ‐ numerous deaths have occurred from persons using these drugs. We must remain vigilant in locating individuals in our community who deal these poisons,” he said.

A warrant has been issued for Al Hmidat’s arrest.


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