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.