SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Texas mother and son have been sentenced for their roles in a synthetic drug operation that had roots in Tyler and Plano.
Officials say several other family members have also been sentenced in the case.
The Acting U.S Attorney discussed the investigation Thursday afternoon during a press conference in Tyler. Several other organizations were present at the conference in Tyler, including the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
Sharjeel Jeff Ali, 29, and his mother Nadia Farishta, 54, of Dallas, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute Schedule I controlled substances, conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substance analogues, and engaging in monetary transactions.
Thursday, Ali was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Farishta was sentenced to 47 months in federal prison on Thursday.
According to an indictment, the family distributed drugs out of Ashes Smoke Shop located in downtown Plano, Texas, and by Jiwani at the Minute Stop convenience store located in Tyler, Texas.
Featherston said it's anybody's guess what's in the product being sold.
According to a release from Featherston's office, the family will forfeit more than $250,000 in U.S. currency and bank accounts, about 55 pounds of synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia.
"The United States will also take money judgments in the amount of $500,000 against Jiwani and Farishta," the release states.
The family members were indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 3, 2016.
On Aug. 4, 2016, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement executed federal arrest and search warrants in Plano, Carrollton, Dallas, and Tyler.