Man charged with selling ‘spice’ gets lesser charge
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Dec 23, 2013, 10:53
HOPEWELL — One of several people charged with selling synthetic marijuana in stores earlier this year has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and won’t spend time in jail.
Rushdi Mubarak, 39, of the 00 block of Moore Avenue, Colonial Heights, pleaded guilty Dec. 12 in Hopewell General District Court to a misdemeanor charge of possession of synthetic cannabinoid, also known as “spice.” He was originally charged with distribution of synthetic cannabinoid, a felony.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with all of that time suspended. He will be on probation for three years and pay $256 in fines and court costs.
Spice is sold under numerous brand names, and are often packaged as incense.
He was arrested Sept. 30 for an offense Aug. 2. The Corner Store, located in the 2200 block of Atlantic St., was identified as selling a synthetic cannabinoid, police said.