An investigation into a large-scale Woburn-based distribution ring of illegal and unregulated pharmaceuticals — some of which authorities said contained traces of fentanyl — resulted in charges against four men, Attorney General Maura announced Friday. Healy.
The four men – Samuel Habib, 43 from Stratham, New Hampshire; Fadi Laioun, 37, of Las Vagas, Nevada; Charles Fischer, 43, of Kingston, New Hampshire; Jason Stock, 44, of Binghamton, New York – have each been arraigned separately in various courts, according to Healey’s announcement.
The charges are the result of a year-long investigation into a large, multilevel Woburn-based organization that allegedly illegally traffics marijuana and THC-infused products, distributes untaxed tobacco, black market and of the Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) – the majority of which were counterfeit and flavored in violation of the state’s ban on flavored tobacco products – at commercial businesses in the area.
Habib was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, possession of THC with intent to distribute (four counts), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (two counts), distribute THC and distribute marijuana. His bail was set at $25,000 in cash on the condition that he surrender his passport. His case is then scheduled for a preliminary trial on September 30.
Habib’s 2021 arrest follows a “bust involving multiple law enforcement agencies executing search warrants at multiple commercial facilities in Massachusetts, as well as locations in New York and New Hampshire. During the teardown, authorities seized approximately 750 pounds of marijuana, 250 cases of illegal vapes, 200 cases of THC-infused products, approximately $540,000 in cash, four vans and a luxury SUV,” according to the press release.
Laioun and Fisher were arraigned in connection with the July 28 inquest in Essex Superior Court. Laioun was charged with trafficking marijuana. Fisher was charged with trafficking in marijuana, carrying a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm during a felony, and possession of ammunition without an FID card. Bail was set for Fisher at $15,000 in cash and Laioun at $5,000 in cash. Both are due back in court on September 27.