Drug trafficking in Tyler connected to 5 federal arrests

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Five men, including one with East Texas ties,  have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking.

A federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment Wednesday,  August 3 for the arrest of all five men. They have been identified as: Saleem Jaffer, 58, of Tyler; Adeel Uz Zaman, 30, of Carrollton; Nadia Farishta, 53, of Dallas; Sharjeel Jeff Ali, 28, of Dallas; and Nimrose Khan, 32, of Carrollton.

The men have been accused of conspiring to distribute synthetic drugs at two retail establishments: Minute Stop/Valero Gas Station located at 11874 Hwy 64 West in Tyler and Ashes Smokes and Tattoos located at 1428 Avenue K in Plano. 

A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement executed search warrants in Plano, Carrollton, Dallas and Tyler.

The operation resulted in the arrest of all five defendants. Law enforcement recovered over $250,000 in cash and an excess of 6,000 packages of synthetic drugs.

The suspects face up to 20 years in prison.

The U.S. Drug Administration, Plano Police Department, Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive and Smith County Sheriff’s Office were all part of the joint operation. 

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