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Six facing federal drug trafficking, money laundering charges related to K2 outbreak

Charles Kevin Herd, 56 (top left) Juanita Deshawn Price, 42 (top middle) Sydney Henry Franklin Jr., 59 (top right) Salah Said Omar El-Hennawi, 44 (bottom left) Mothanna Abdallah Yousef, 28 (bottom middle) and Obdule Ware, 43 (bottom right) are all facing federal drug charges connected to K2. (Photos: Austin Police Department)

The Austin Police Department's Organized Crime Division Narcotics Team, along with the Houston Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Internal Revenue Service announced the round up of six people facing federal drug and money laundering charges on Wednesday.

Police say these arrests are the culmination of two separate investigations into the people being the manufacturers of synthetic cannabis--also known as K2--in Houston and its distribution in Austin, Texas.

Two men and one woman from Austin are charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids and money laundering:

  • Charles Kevin Herd, 56
  • Juanita Deshawn Price, 42
  • Sydney Henry Franklin Jr., 59

Two men from Houston and one man from Austin are charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids:

  • Salah Said Omar El-Hennawi, 44
  • Mothanna Abdallah Yousef, 28
  • Obdule Ware, 43, of Austin

These investigations began, APD says, after the rash of adverse K2 reactions in the downtown Austin area.

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