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Store clerk arrested; police find synthetic drugs for sale at market

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By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police Department arrested a store clerk on Wednesday at One Stop market where they reportedly found more than $1,000 in synthetic drugs.

LPD executed a search warrant at the market, located at 725 York Street. Officers searched the store, reportedly finding packets of the drugs which are sold for $30 to $40 each, in DVD cases and in the pockets of garments lining racks in the store.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said officers had found synthetic drugs at the market before, but operators continued not to heed our warning about selling this stuff.

LPD received information about the alleged selling of these synthetic drugs in May 2011. Undercover officers purchased drugs from the location five times since then, Bowen said.

Then we take that evidence and come by with a search warrant. They hide it the best that they can, he added.

Bowen noted that synthetic drugs are especially dangerous to users because you dont know what is in them. They lace it with whatever chemical they decide.

He added that he has seen the side effects of the drug. It is nothing but greed. There are kids all over the country dying because of this. They may smoke or ingest it and become unconscious. This is more dangerous than marijuana ever thought about being. Ive seen one kid go to the hospital for three days and almost die from it.

An unidentified store clerk was arrested by authorities with charges expected to be filed later today.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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