ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Four brothers in New Mexico are facing federal charges in connection with what federal officials call an illegal synthetic drugs ring.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/18jOPbx) that brothers Khaled Assi, Mohammad Assi, Nael Assi and Amro Assi were indicted this week on charges linked to distributing synthetic marijuana and synthetic cocaine at New Mexico smoke shops.

Federal agents also seized more than 100,000 packets and 15 pounds of synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice," at 13 smoke shops in Albuquerque, Kirtland, Gallup, Aztec, Grants and Farmington.

Documents show that almost 30 search warrants were served at smoke shops and homes, and agents seized 13 guns, 18 vehicles and more than $1.2 million from bank accounts.

It was unclear if the men had attorneys.


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