January 27, 2004 - Posted at 4:16 p.m. CDT
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A Syrian man faces more than 14 years in prison, and he's being ordered to pay nearly $182,000 for illegally possessing a component of the drug methamphetamine.
Fayez Abazid pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of possession of pseudoephrine knowing it would be used to manufacture meth. He was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Cape Girardeau.
Abazid admitted buying 42 kilograms of pseudoephedrine. Abazid forfeited the $72,000 he used to buy the pills. He also forfeited nearly $110,000 seized from him, his van and bags.
Pseudoephrine is a nasal decongestant and can be found in many common cold medicines.