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They will face felony drug charges because now all synthetic drugs are covered under state law, Bowen said.


The state law that went into effect this year was partially modeled after Lebanons own law, passed in 2011, to ban synthetic drug sales. The drugs are chemical compounds designed to mimic the effects of drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.


{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=3|imageid=429|displayname=0|float=left}Bowen said synthetic drugs are more dangerous than regular drugs because of the chemical compounds used in manufacturing. He noted, You just dont know whats in them.


Authorities also reportedly seized several thousands of dollars in cash, which Bowen said is believed to be from the sale of the drugs. He added that the cash from synthetic drugs sales was allegedly going into the register.


Charges are pending against individuals from both retailers and Bowen said evidence will be presented to a future session of the Wilson County grand jury.


In addition to drug charges, Bowen said they plan to take both retailers before the Lebanon Beer Board to possibly revoke their license to sell alcohol. Bowen said the law allows for the license to be revoked if the retailers are guilty of committing a felony related to alcohol sales or found to be participating in activities that are detrimental to the public health.


We believe they are damaging public health because they are selling synthetic drugs out of their markets, Bowen said.


After charges are filed, Bowen indicated the department will forward information to Lebanon City Attorney Andy Wright to take both stores before the board.


Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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