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Rochelle man sentenced for bath salts sales

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 3:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 4:56 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Rochelle man has been placed on two and one-half years probation after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 3 felony of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and to the Class 3 felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Nedal M. Abdallah, 30, entered his open pleas of guilty to both offenses on Aug. 1 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. As condition to his probation, set on Sept. 11, Abdallah was also ordered to serve six months in the Bureau County Jail and pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $10,500. He was also ordered to not engage in any retail business. The Bureau County probation and county jail time will run concurrently with a LaSalle County sentence imposed last week.

In August 2011, the TRIDENT task force initiated an investigation regarding Abdallah selling bath salts. On Aug. 22, 2011, an undercover agent for the TRIDENT task force bought 12 packages of a substance from Abdallah for $3,000. That substance was sent to the state crime lab and 0.5 gram of that substance was determined to be methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, commonly known as bath salts.

On Aug. 29, 2011, TRIDENT task force agents executed a search warrant of Abdallah’s business in Spring Valley. Police found nine packets of the same substance which had been previously sold by Abdallah. That substance was sent to the crime lab and again 0.5 grams was determined to be MDPV. Abdallah was arrested that day.

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