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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Former Moda Nightclub Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charges, Again

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 9:02 AM

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Before there was Mitchell's and its wholesome, delicious, family-friendly ice cream offerings on West 25th St., there was Moda. The short-lived nightclub existed at the nexus of star power, music, fights, police attention and rumors of drugs. The bane of the neighborhood was shuttered, of course, and those rumors proved to be true, as owner Emad Silmi headed off to federal prison for almost five years in 2006, the same year the club closed, on drug charges.

Twelve years later, Silmi is headed back to federal custody after this week pleading guilty to a range of charges tied to a large-scale drug trafficking (cocaine, heroin, molly, etc.) and money laundering ring run out of Cleveland-area body shops.

Silmi, who was indicted along with a host of others in Dec. 2017, is staring down a ten-year sentence, as first reported by Cleveland.com. He'll find out exactly how long on April 29th when Judge Christopher Boyko issues the sentence.

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