The owner of a Grovetown convenience store and his son were arrested Thursday because authorities said they were selling synthetic marijuana out of the store.
Atul Patel, 49, the 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 searched the store Thursday afternoon and seized 401 packages of suspected synthetic marijuana, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. He said that 30 packages are known to be the banned substance synthetic marijuana and that 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 herbs sprayed with chemicals that, when consumed, can mimic the 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, police said.
They were released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Friday after posting $7,600 bonds, according to jailers.