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Authorities arrest five, seize 13 pounds of 'fake weed' in Port Arthur drug trafficking sting

Authorities found about 13 pounds of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as Ab-Fubinaca.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — The Port Arthur Police Department announced Thursday that five people pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess a synthetic cannabinoids known as Ab-Fubinaca.

The department's narcotics and guns unit partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate a drug trafficking organization within the city.

Authorities discovered that a group of drug traffickers had established a base of operation at a location in the 2100 block of Wignal Ave. Port Arthur’s SWAT team used a search warrant at the location and found about 13 pounds of the synthetic cannabinoids.

The five people below have pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Texas, or the Beaumont Division.

  • Christopher Dwayne Reed Jr, 28, sentenced to 87 months
  • Kenneth James Keller, 37, sentenced to 110 months  
  • Shashira Auronica Cotton, 33, sentenced to 46 months
  • Brandon Jermaine Brown, 27, sentenced to 57 months
  • Sherrod Drew Callahan, 38, sentenced to 110 months
  • Gabriel Wilson Taylor, 39, remains a fugitive 

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