A part-owner of the Stockade Deli, who is also the father of Rayen Puleski, the infant whose death resulted in the arrest last week of Rayen's mother, Heaven Puleski, was charged Friday along with another Schenectady man with selling synthetic marijuana out of the deli, according to federal prosecutors.
Rayen Hussein, 41, and Abdulqadoos Alomari, 31, were charged with conspiring to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, also referred to as “spice” or “K2,” out of the deli, located at 33 State St., after a Friday raid.
According to a press release, the DEA seized 1 kilogram of synthetic marijuana packaged for distribution.
The baggies seized Friday were uniformly brightly colored and were emblazoned with different names for the substance, including: Scooby Snax, Ice Dragon, Loopy, What’s Up, and Geeked Up, federal agents said in the Monday release.
Schenectady police Sgt. Matthew Dearing confirmed Friday that Hussein is also the father of Rayen Puleski, the 4-month-old whose body was found last week behind a State Street apartment where Heaven Puleski had lived. Dearing would not elaborate as to whether Hussein is a suspect in the ongoing investigation of Rayen's death, the cause of which has not been determined.
Heaven Puleski is facing child endangerment and other charges in the case.
Employees at the Stockade Deli on Friday said Hussein rarely comes into the store, but that he was visited there by investigators after the search for his son began.
Family members of the baby's mother have previously said Hussein was not involved with the child after his birth.
In a complaint filed in federal court, an undercover informant ordered synthetic marijuana from Abdulqadoos Alomari over the phone, with the pickup to take place at the deli. During the raid, agents recovered a phone from Hussein that matched the number used to arrange the sale, according to the complaint.
According to prosecutors, Hussein will be arraigned in federal court in Albany on Tuesday, while Alomari appeared in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Christina F. Hummel and was released on bond and other conditions.
The charges for both men carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 3 years and up to life.
The Schenectady and Washington counties sheriff’s offices, and the police departments of Amsterdam, Glenville, Saratoga Springs, Troy and Watervliet all assisted in the investigation, according to federal prosecutors.