Trial date set in synthetic pot case

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Trial for the manager of a Welsh convenience store accused of selling products containing synthetic marijuana has been set for May 7. The American Press reports that Firdous Jamal Abassi, 26, was arrested in September on charges of distribution and possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia and intention to distribute an illegal drug.

The charges resulted from a 2-month undercover investigation of the store. Abbasi's attorney, Ben Burns, has filed a motion to suppress evidence in the case, which is set for hearing on Feb. 13.

Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney Michael Cassidy said the case would be one of the first under a new state law that bans possession of synthetic marijuana and drugs marketed as potpourri and bath salts.

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