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      Bakersfield man charged with dealing designer drugs

      BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A Bakersfield man was arraigned Monday in federal court on a three-count indictment related to dealing designer synthetic drugs.

      Mikhael Issa Kamar, aka Michael Kamar, 51, is charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute, distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute various designer synthetic drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney's office out of Fresno.

      A two-year investigation led to the indictment and included the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of designer synthetic drugs from a warehouse and Bakersfield smoke shop Havana House.

      The seized drugs included smokable synthetic cannabinoids (often marketed as K2 or spice) and synthetic cathinones (marketed as bath salts).

      Kamar's arrest was part of a nationwide law enforcement effort called "Operation Synergy."

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