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Grovetown convenience store owner, son charged with selling synthetic marijuana at business

Friday, June 22, 2012 12:17 PM
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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, and Kinjalkumar Patel, 26, both of Sussex Drive in Evans, were charged with possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute.    SPECIAL
Atul Patel, 49, and Kinjalkumar Patel, 26, both of Sussex Drive in Evans, were charged with possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute.

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.

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malcolmkyle 06/22/12 - 01:18 pm
We created this mess together!

Prohibition is not simply just a 'War on Reason' it is a dire threat to the very fabric of our nation, a slow but relentless degradation (death by a zillion cuts) of all our cherished national institutions, inclusive the nightmare of new and far more deadlier substitute-concoctions (bathtub-meth, crack-cocaine, crocodile-heroin-ersatz, and synthetic marijuana) that will leave us crippled for numerous generations.

We are collectively choosing to pretend that the hard lessons of alcohol prohibition - the sudden increase in organized crime, corruption, moral decay, the nightmare of poisonous-bathtub-concoctions, economic collapse, mass unemployment, and the only time a Constitutional Amendment has ever needed repealing - never happened. What is wrong with us?

Every single Prohibitionist is a willing servant of tyranny and hate, having but one sole purpose - to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction. Hand in hand with a Corporate controlled, propaganda-spewing mass-media machine, they continually connive to ensure that the inevitable consequences of their 'not fit for purpose' policy (the vast increase in corruption, mayhem, economic and moral decay) are all attributed to the prohibited substances themselves rather than the actual obvious and historically proven cause: the very prohibition of these substances.

Sweet son
Sweet son 06/22/12 - 01:39 pm
@malcolm the Speech Writer!

I got bored! Give us the Cliff Notes! Also the Beer Police should take their wine and beer license. That will really hurt!

cl 06/22/12 - 02:23 pm

Sweet, that is the problem these days... People are not willing to take the time to think about the actual causes of the problems we face today. If the info doesn't mention something sexual or violent, or fit on a bumper sticker we can't waste the time on it. I agree 100% with Malcolm.

Augusta resident
Augusta resident 06/22/12 - 02:35 pm
I guess the fake stuff ain't

I guess the fake stuff ain't fake.

DuhJudge 06/22/12 - 07:58 pm
If it is illegal then enforce

If it is illegal then enforce the law. Otherwise change the law. And goodness these prohibitionist arguments have neen around since the sixties. Every generation since thinks they are more enlightened than the others. Drugs are designed to make you to want them. That should be the big red flag by itself.

augos 06/22/12 - 09:46 pm
A week after Father's Day.

A week after Father's Day. Thanks Dad

Smoke On The Water
Smoke On The Water 06/23/12 - 09:09 am
The Jail Report

Will they be selling next weeks edition of "The Jail Report" in their store?

crackerjack 07/01/12 - 07:05 am
The Jail Report

They'll not only be selling the Jail Report, but selling Autographed copies for $2.00.

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