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Drug store was unauthorized, says prosecutor

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Five people in New Jersey are currently facing legal problems after being arrested on a recent Wednesday. A prosecutor involved in the case claims that the defendants were selling marijuana and other products without dispensary authorization. The alleged drug store was operating as a convenience store with an armed guard at the front door.

Police say that investigators were observing the store’s comings and goings for at least four months before moving in to make arrests. They claim that customers would hand over their cell phones and be electronically scanned before gaining entrance to a specific room where they were then permitted to shop. Police say they seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana and a substantial amount of cash from the store.

Allegations state that other types of illegal drugs were also sold

Investigators claim that marijuana edibles and other illegal drugs, such as psychedelic mushrooms, were on display at the convenience store and being sold to customers. The products were supposedly disguised as popular snack and candy items, such as Cheetos, Skittles and Life Savers. Police also say they confiscated more than 40 packages of heroin from the premises.

Two store owners are now facing drug charges

The New Jersey convenience store in question is owned by a 44-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman. They are both facing numerous drug-related charges. Three employees, ranging in age from 26 to 55, were also arrested and are charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to distribute a dangerous controlled substance. Most people facing drug charges request legal representation before answering questions under interrogation, which is a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.