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Man sentenced for role in synthetic marijuana distribution scheme

US Attorney's Office: Irfan Ghaffar sentenced to 7 years in federal prison

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SAN ANTONIO – A man was sentenced Friday for his role in a synthetic marijuana distribution scheme, authorities said.

Irfan Ghaffar, 52, of Plano, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Ghaffar pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substance analogues.

By pleading guilty, Ghaffar admitted that from March 2013 to June 2013, he managed the affairs of the Jaffer Drug Trafficking Organization in Dallas, including the illegal storage, distribution and sale of various kinds of synthetic cannabinoids, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The San Antonio-based Jaffer DTO, which the U.S. Attorney's Office said was led by Muhammad Jaffer Ali, was responsible for the production and distribution of synthetic marijuana and "bath salts" in San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City; and Kansas City.

The Jaffer DTO manufactured, caused to be manufactured, attempted to manufacture, distributed and possessed with intent to distribute more than 40,000 pounds of synthetic cannabinoids during the course of the enterprise, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Ali pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substance analogues. The U.S. Attorney's Office said he is scheduled for sentencing in San Antonio at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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