April 12 trial date set for two Washington men, Oregon man charged with conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud

U.S. Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Kent, Washington man, a Seattle, Washington man, and a Portland, Oregon man have been indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy to obtain substances. controlled by fraud.

Hakeem Mohamed, 22, Zekki Kemal, 23, and Warsame Jama, 30, all pleaded not guilty.

The indictment alleges that from an unknown date and up to or around December 22, 2020, Mohamed, Kemal and Jama knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and conspired together and with others. others to acquire and obtain possession of promethazine with codeine syrup, which is a Schedule V controlled substance, as well as oxycodone, which is a Schedule II controlled substance. They obtained them through misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge.

The maximum sentence if convicted is up to four years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, one year of supervised release and $100 to the Federal Fund for Victims of Crime. Restitution may also be ordered.

The investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Brookings Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division, Minot Police Department, Pierre Police Department, Vermillion Police Department, and Vermillion Police Department. Worthington. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman is prosecuting the case.

Mohamed was taken into the custody of the US Marshals Service pending trial. Kemal and Jama were released on bail. A trial date has been set for April 12, 2022.

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