Reno man sentenced to prison for Spice drug sales

A Reno man was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday after being convicted of distributing synthetic drugs out of his convenience store.

Iqbal Singh-Sidhu, 34, was convicted on 16 counts of possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances and distributing controlled substance analogues intended for human consumption; and one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise in February this year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The synthetic drugs are commonly known as “spice” or “fake weed.” They are often more potent and dangerous than its real form. The Office of National Drug Control Policy says these drugs are popular among young people, but their content and effects are unpredictable because of the variety of chemicals used in their manufacture.

Court records and evidence show that Singh-Sidhu distributed the substances and analogues for human consumption in September 2012 on four different occasions. The synthetics were sold at the Grab N Go Food N Liquors in Reno as “Diablo,” “Hayze,” “White Rhino” and “Smokin Dragon.”

Agents searched Singh-Sidhu’s Reno home in February 2013 and seized several packages of spice with an estimated street value of $20,000.

This was the first federal jury trial of a case involving synthetic drugs in Nevada, the Justice Department said.

Contact reporter Cassandra Taloma at or 702-383-0381.

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