Jeweler’s Store Laundered Synthetic Drug Money, DEA Says

Harmeet Singh, who reportedly owns Milano Jewelers in Altamonte Springs, Fla., has been indicted for allegedly distributing and producing illegal synthetic drugs, according to a statement by the Drug Enforcement Agency. 

Singh, 39, was charged, along with two associates, for conspiring to distribute, and distributing, controlled substance analogue AM-2201, said a DEA statement.

While the indictment and DEA release didn’t mention Singh’s store, much of the local news coverage of the event did, noting the store was closed while agents searched it. 

“We believe Milano Jewelers, which Mr. Singh owned and operated in the Altamonte Springs Mall, was a front for money laundering in order for him to cloak the origin of his proceeds,” said DEA agent Jeffrey Walsh, according to a local news station.

Still, several news sources stressed that the drugs in question were not sold from the store. 

Singh could not be reached for comment. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, his lawyer said Singh was acting as a wholesaler and believed the product he was selling was legal.

The arrest was part of a national DEA crackdown on so-called synthetic drugs.

JCK News Director