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Man charged with selling synthetic marijuana from store near International School

A Buffalo man has been accused of selling synthetic marijuana out of a convenience store near a city elementary school.

The state Department of Taxation and Finance found more than 500 packages of synthetic marijuana – labeled as "Strawberry Scooby Snax," "Hypnotic" and "Insane" – in Pyramic Express HSD in November 2015, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo said.

The store is located within 1,000 feet the International School on Hoyt Street.

Salleh Dubaishi, 40, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Dubaishi appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. and was released on conditions, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, as well as state tax officials, participated in the investigation.

If convicted, Dubaishi faces a sentence of at least a year in prison and up to 40 years, as well as up to a $2 million fine. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane.

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