LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- An accused online drug dealer stood before a federal judge in Las Vegas and pled not guilty. Prosecutors say her website falsely and fraudulently sold herbal alternatives to recreational street drugs.
Police say the woman behind that drug scheme, 34-year-old Yamila Abraham, promoted a product that was dangerous and dishonest. Prosecutors say Abraham mailed seven packages of Snurf capsules from Las Vegas in 2005 and 2006. Snurf is billed as an herbal alternative to street drugs.
The feds say it wasn't an herbal pill at all, but instead an illegal drug loaded with DXM, a stimulant and active ingredient in cough syrup. Abraham is charged with falsely advertising and selling.
Police say Abraham's packages went to several locations out of state -- at least 20,000 pills according to the indictment -- but it hasn't been revealed who purchased them. Typically, teens abuse Snurf.
They may be marketed as herbal, but reports say they are euphoria-enhancing drugs.
Abraham is no longer behind bars, but she'll be back in court as the case of alleged drug dealing through cyberspace goes to trial this November.
Abraham told the judge she didn't have enough money to hire a lawyer. She was appointed a federal public defender who had no comment.
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