A Pottstown, PA store employee is joining his former co-worker in state prison for his role in selling synthetic marijuana, or K2, from the store.
Mohamed K. Himed, 26, of Bronx, NY, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Friday to 2 ½ to 7 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of corrupt organizations, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance in connection with incidents that occurred between March and May 2012.
Himed, who allegedly operated the Achi Store at 315 E. High Street, along with Rafie L. Ali, was immediately taken into custody to begin serving his sentence.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill said Himed is eligible for the state Department of Corrections’ Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program, which could allow him to reduce his minimum sentence by about eight months if he successfully completes all required treatment and maintains a good-conduct record in prison.
The arrests of Ali and Himed were an outgrowth of the investigation of an 11:30 p.m. May 21, 2012, double-fatal wreck on State Street between Ninth and 10th streets in Pottstown, PA. Authorities alleged the driver of the vehicle, Roger Tracy Malloy, 27, of Pottstown, PA, was driving under the influence of K2, which had been purchased at the Achi Store, at the time of the fatal crash.
K2 is a Schedule I synthetic cannabinoid, which is believed to mimic the effects of cannabis. A Schedule I drug is one that currently has no legitimate medical purpose under Pennsylvania law and has a high potential for abuse.