Former owner of Morgantown hookah lounge sentenced to 5 years in prison

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The former owner of the X-Hale Hookah Lounge in Morgantown was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

Nicholas Graziano, 54, of Melville, New York, was sentenced in federal court to five years in prison and fined $15,000 for distributing synthetic marijuana, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

From July 2012 through August 2014, Nicholas Graziano and his brother, Stephen Graziano, were the owners and operators of X-Hale Hookah Lounge, from which they distributed synthetic marijuana, which is also referred to as spice, K2, incense, or fake weed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The lounge, which was located on Walnut Street in Morgantown, was searched by federal authorities in April 2014.

As part of the sentencing Nicholas Graziano was also ordered to forfeit the following, which are proceeds of the offense of conviction, property that facilitated the offense of conviction and property involved in the offense of conviction, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office: $94,777.83 in currency seized in April 2014, approximately $16,800 in currency seized in May 2014 from three bank accounts, a 2010 Infiniti and a business license.

The Grazianos each pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue.

Stephen Graziano, 25, of Morgantown, was sentenced to three years in prison for distributing synthetic marijuana, officials said, in November.

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