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St. Clair County stores accused of selling synthetic drugs

12:27 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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Clay County, Ill (KSDK) -- Two St. Clair County liquor stores are accused of crimes connected to a crack down on the synthetic drugs often referred to as K2 or bath salts.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said Dupo Fuel Mart, Inc and James Thevary, of St. Louis, were indicted on unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, unlawful possession with intent to distribute a look-a-like substance, sale of drug paraphernalia, permitting unlawful use of a building, maintaining a public nuisance and offering for sale a misbranded article.

Mahmoud Bedwan, of Belleville, and Max's One Stop were indicted on unlawful possession with intend to deliver a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a place of worship, unlawful possession with intend to deliver a controlled substance, unlawful possession with intent to distribute a look-a-like substance, sale of drug paraphernalia, permitting the unlawful use of a building, maintaining a public nuisance and offering for sale a misbranded article.

Bond in both cases was set at $500,000.

Six other retailers agreed to surrender items seized during the execution of search warrants in April and committed to ensuring no synthetic drugs would be available for purchase in their establishments.  The retailers are: Belleville Food Mart at 1424 Centerville Avenue in Belleville, Sweitzer's Stop and Go Liquor at 8700 Collinsville Road in Collinsville, Belleville West Discount Cigarettes at 6007 West Main in Belleville, Cheap Cigarettes and Tobacco at 314 Sherman Avenue in Belleville, Cahokia Liquor at 527 State Route 3 in Cahokia, Jimmy Roy's Incorporated at 9221 Beller Road in Mascoutah and at Sunshine Daydream at 4618 North Illinois in Fairview Heights.

KSDK

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