Pumpkin Center Store owners face 'Spice' charges

Pumpkin Center Store owners Young Ju Kim, 46, and Hyun Su Kim, 44, both of Prairie Lane in Evans, were charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice.

The owners of Pumpkin Center Store were arrested Tuesday after tests confirmed they had synthetic marijuana in the store and their home in July.

Young Ju Kim, 46, and Hyun Su Kim, 44, of Prairie Lane in Evans, were charged with unlawful manufacturing, delivering, possession or sale of a noncontrolled substance. They were released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $7,600 bond each, according to jail records.

On July 5, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators searched the Harlem-area store at 1313 Appling-Harlem Highway. They found 292 packets of what was later confirmed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab to be synthetic marijuana.

The illegal Schedule I drug, also known as Spice, was behind the front counter and in the back office of the store, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Hyun Su Kim told investigators she had more synthetic marijuana at her home, where they found 853 packets. That also was confirmed to be Spice.

Authorities seized the material believed to be synthetic marijuana, which has a street value of about $21,050, Morris said.

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