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Raids of two Rockmart stores result in seizure of illegal drugs

Apr 26, 2013 -- 1:31pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

Tips from a number of different sources led authorities to the raid of two Polk County businesses Thursday night, resulting in the seizure of illegal synthetic marijuana.

According to Polk County Assistant Police Chief Kiki Campbell, an ongoing investigation into numerous complaints that two convenience stores in the Rockmart area were selling the illegal synthetic drugs, culminated in the Thursday night multi-agency raid.

"Polk County Drug Task Force executed two search warrants on two local convenience stores in the Rockmart area. It’s been an ongoing investigation with numerous reports out of the Cedartown and Rockmart area."

The clerk of the Village Market, Jorge Cervantes, and Asish Patel, the owner are both charged with similar crimes including felony Possession and Distribution of Schedule I Narcotics. The owner and clerk of the J.B. Food Mart on Cedartown Highway were also charged in the raid. Their names were not immediately known.

The raid took in thousands of dollars worth of the illegal drugs. Campbell said much of the information provided to authorities in the investigation came from the Dakota Dyer Foundation, an Bremen based organization aimed at preventing the distribution and sale of synthetic marijuana. 

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