Convenience store employee charged with selling Spice

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A 50-year-old convenience store employee has been charged with selling undercover officers the synthetic drug known as Spice.

Jung Soon Lim was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two counts of sale, distribution and possession of a dangerous drug.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Allan Rollins said there had been numerous complaints about the sale of Spice at the Get It to Go station at Georgetown Drive and Deans Bridge Road.

Spice, or K2, is a mixture of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound that is similar to THC, the active chemical in marijuana. The drug is often marketed as synthetic marijuana. It has been illegal in Georgia since mid-2010.

In March 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration placed five synthetic chemicals used in the drug’s production into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

Undercover officers said they purchased the drug on several occasions before investigators hit the store with a search warrant and found several packages of the drug and a large amount of cash.

Rollins said the store will stay open but an investigation into the sale of the drug will continue.

The owners of Pumpkin Center Stores in Harlem are facing similar charges. The Georgia Bureau of Investi­gation said this month that nearly 300 packets taken during a search in July were synthetic marijuana. Investigators said they found 800 more packets at the owners’ home.

Also in July, Columbia County investigators said they found the drug being sold at Lewiston Express on Lewiston Road. The owner and his son were charged after authorities confirmed that at least 30 packets were synthetic marijuana.

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