Trial set for man accused of conspiring to distribute Molly, spice in South Mississippi

Alleged conspiracy in Harrison, Jackson counties

rfitzgerald@sunherald.comJuly 10, 2014 

GULFPORT -- A second person has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to distribute synthetic drugs in Harrison and Jackson counties.

Rasheed Ali Muhammad, 41, is set for trial following his arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court.

Judge Sul Ozerden set the trial on a court calendar that starts Sept. 8.

Muhammad was indicted in April with Roslyn Demetrius Chapman, previously of Gulfport. Chapman, 27, of California, also faces a conspiracy charge plus seven counts of possession with intent to distribute.

They are accused of conspiring to distribute synthetic drugs here and elsewhere from as early as December 2012. The substances are similar to designer drugs and cannabinoids.

The drugs are 4-MEC, similar to Ecstasy and known on the street as Molly; a-PVP, similar to MDPV; and AM2201 and XLR11, both used to make spice, also known as fake marijuana.

Three of the drugs are analogs, a chemical similar to a controlled substance and illegal if intended for human consumption.

Muhammad has been serving time on a state forgery conviction in Connecticut since Feb. 19. Federal marshals recently brought him to South Mississippi.

Chapman is free on bond. She had been set for trial this week. She and Muhammad will be tried together. Ozerden moved the trial date to allow time for Muhammad to help prepare his defense.

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