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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Would you like a rug with that heroin?

An Oriental Rug dealer in Vero Beach is facing 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and up to three years of supervision after release from prison for allegedly smuggling and dealing pure heroin.

Jafar Mohammad Falasiri, 61, was arrested by Florida state authorities after federal law enforcement discovered 120 bar-shaped packages that contained more than 6 pounds of suspected illegal narcotics tightly rolled up in rugs shipped from the Middle East to Falasiri's rug dealership in the 2300 block of U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.

Originally authorities charged Falasiri with importation and conspiracy to distribute heroin but court papers filed July 28 say Falasiri was charged simply with importing opium into the United States. The charges were dropped after defense attorney Gregory Eisenmenger of Viera claimed his client is addicted to drugs and imported narcotics for his personal use.

The FBI affidavit in the case states, after receiving a bundle of rugs at the Vero Beach business on January 28th there was a a black substance wrapped in clear plastic and cloth Inside one of the 10-foot-by-14-foot Persian rugs. An informant for the FBI said Falasiri "took a small portion of the black substance and proceeded to smoke it." And, "The entire binding of the rug was filled with the opium, which was also packaged in clear plastic and cloth."

Falasiri received his rugs from Iran and despite a federally enforced embargo against that nation Falasiri has not been not charged with importation of embargoed merchandise.

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