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Convenience store owner, son charged with selling drugs from store

Synthetic marijuana seized

Posted: June 22, 2012 - 10:29am  |  Updated: June 22, 2012 - 10:33am
Atul Patel, 49, and Kinjalkumar Patel, 26, both of Sussex Drive in Evans, were charged Thursday, June 21, 2012, with possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute.    Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Atul Patel, 49, and Kinjalkumar Patel, 26, both of Sussex Drive in Evans, were charged Thursday, June 21, 2012, with possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute.

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Authorities arrested the owner of a Grovetown convenience store and his son Thursday for selling synthetic marijuana out of the store.

Atul Patel, 49, owner of the Lewiston Express at 107 Lewiston Road, and his son Kinjalkumar Patel, 26, were charged with possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed a search warrant at the store Thursday afternoon and seized 401 packages of suspected synthetic marijuana, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. He said 30 packages are known to be the banned substance synthetic marijuana and the remaining packages were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for further analysis.

Synthetic marijuana, also know as K2 or Spice, is a psychoactive designer drug derived of natural herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, allegedly mimic the pleasurable effects of cannabis.

The Patels, both of Sussex Drive in Evans, were selling the drug out of the store where the younger Patel also worked.

Both were released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Friday after each posted a $7,600 bond, according to jailers.

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Craig Spinks

Clay...

doesn't play. Neither does Steve.

Figure it out, dopers and lushes.

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elliew

Dumb..

What a waste of the taxpayer's money!! Store owners.. Not thugs or criminals.. If the state of Georgia would just decriminalize marijuana this would not even be an issue.. We need to catch up to the times!!! 17 states have already legalized the use of medical marijuana... These cops need to GET OVER IT.. Go to the projects and get the people cooking up meth & crack.. Weed?? SO WHAT??

fatboyhog

It wouldn't be an issue

but it is ILLEGAL and it IS an issue. Just because they are store owners does not mean that they aren't thugs or criminals. They broke the law, so they are, in fact, criminals. I guess charging exorbitant prices for their wares doesn't produce enough money, so they ILLEGALLY sell this stuff. However, I do agree. Legalize it and all the other drugs. Tax it, regulate it. Let losers who want to fry their brains pay taxes. Just don't ask me to pay for rehab.

Riverman1

"Give me a pack of

"Give me a pack of Marlboro's, a comb, a pack of gum, one lottery ticket, a bag of grass, and a Hershey bar."

raul

From what I've read, this

From what I've read, this synthetic stuff is much worse than the real deal.

my2cents

Follow the money.

Wonder if the money is staying in the U.S?

shutemdown

It's deadly!

This stuff is far worse than the real stuff. It has been the cause of many deaths! Don't take my word for it, research this stuff for yourself and you will see. I hope these 2 go to jail for a long time! Please spread the word about synthetic marijuana and it's dangers! Stores that sell this crap need to be shut down!

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