Macomb synthetic drug sting nets Inkster man

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Warren – — An Inkster man is accused of supplying synthetic drugs to Macomb County retailers after police say they confiscated more than $50,000 worth of the contraband.

Bassam Honeini, 41, is charged with one count of controlled substance, delivery/manufacture — a felony that carries a potential 7-year prison term. He was arraigned Tuesday in in 37th District Court of Warren, where bond was set at $5,000.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that after detectives stopped Honeini's car in late September they found 63 vials of liquid synthetic drugs.

Bassam Honeini

The liquid contained AB-Pinaca, a compound and a component of synthetic cannabis. It is commonly consumed through e-cigarettes or with hookah pipes. The synthetic drugs were labeled Shisha-Premium E-Liquid, Westcoast Hookah E-Liquid, Crown E-Liquid and Relax E-Liquid, police said in a statement.

Honeini, who was operating out of a small warehouse in Dearborn, came to the attention of Macomb County Sheriff's Enforcement Team in September. Police searched his apartment and the warehouse and intercepted a package with an additional 1,200 vials of the drug with an estimated street value of $50,000, police said.

Last month, Macomb County officials issued an emergency order declaring an imminent danger to residents from the synthetic drug Cloud 9, which sent several teens to the hospital. The emergency order denied retailers and individuals the ability to sell Cloud 9 and similar synthetic drugs in the county.

Other counties also put in place similar bans.

Cloud 9 is a synthetic drug with deadly consequences much like K-2 or Spice, county Prosecutor Eric Smith said.

"For every underground chemist that creates a new designer drug, law enforcement will be there to intercept it," he said.

Honeini's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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