On May 4, the Acting United States Attorney in Missouri, Tom Larson, announced a guilty plea in a major federal synthetic cannabinoid case. Sheila Marie Nawaz, like others caught in the same case, pleaded guilty to mail fraud. She admitted mailing close to 2,500 packages of legal cannabinoids to locations in the United States. The report included proceeds of over $800,000 through her self-described “aroma therapy” or “potpourri” company called eComm Organix.
Nawaz held the title of president of the above “novelty items” company where she purchased 179,169 grams of synthetic cannabinoids for resale. One of the companies she routinely relied on as a supplier belonged to her husband, a co-defendant in the multi-conspirator, multi-state investigation. Her husband, Raja Amer Nawaz, owned MOJO Distribution—a cannabinoid wholesale company. She also purchased from Butler-Whayne Industries, LLC. Her connections with wholesalers and likely the connection with her husband granted the defendant access to grams of synthetic cannabinoids for an average of $4.50 each.
She resold these to buyers throughout the United States, via USPS, at enough of a markup to contribute significantly to the $6.6 million conspiracy. Bank records confirmed