Lexington store owner pleads guilty to selling synthetic marijuana

A Lexington convenience store owner pleaded guilty in federal court this week to charges that he sold synthetic marijuana.

Raad R. Mesmar on Tuesday admitted that between October 2012 and January, he distributed synthetic marijuana at his businesses, the EZ Stop on Georgetown Street in Lexington and the EZ Stop in Nicholasville.

Specifically, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substance analogues.

As part of his plea agreement, Mesmar will be put into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and deported to his native country of Jordan. He had lawful permanent resident status in the United States.