Three accused of selling synthetic dope at Capital Boulevard convenience store in Raleigh

From staff reportsJanuary 22, 2014 

— State Alcohol Law Enforcement agents Tuesday charged two employees of a Capital Boulevard convenience store with selling synthetic cannabinoids and charged the owner with that and illegally with possessing pirated music CDs and illegal liquor.

The drug charges were based on two undercover purchases of a substance known by the street name “Spice” and the results of a Jan. 14 search of the Capital Food Mart at 2929 Capital Blvd., according to a search warrant.

The owner, Manisha Yogeshkumar Patel, and workers Karanjit Singh Sahota and Ami Natvarlal Patel surrendered Tuesday morning to ALE agents at the agency’s Raleigh district office.

Manisha Patel, 44, of 1050 Kennicott Ave. in Cary, was charged with selling synthetic cannabinoids, possessing them with intent to sell and deliver them, maintaining a building to keep and sell drugs, possessing fewer than 100 sound recordings that lacked the manufacturer’s name or address, unauthorized possession of liquor and possessing an alcoholic beverage for sale without having the right state license.

Ami Patel, 29, of 4113 Woodlake Place and Sahota, 30, of 2211A Gorman St., both in Raleigh, were each charged with selling synthetic cannabinoids and possession.

Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured rather than grown and mimic the effects of marijuana or other natural drugs like it.

In asking a magistrate for a warrant to search the store, ALE agents said they had received complaints about synthetic drugs being sold from the store.

Undercover ALE agents bought 10 grams of a synthetic drug with the brand name “GodFather” on Oct. 14 and another 10 grams of “Blaster” within two days of the warrant being granted and used, they said.

In addition to synthetic drugs, cash and CDs, the agents said they seized several open bottles of liquor.

All three people were freed on bond after their arrests and were scheduled for first court appearances Wednesday.

Agents said they would forward a report to the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which could decide to impose a fine, suspend the store’s license to sell beer and fortified wine or revoke it.

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