Following an undercover investigation, a search warrant netted a cache of synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia Feb. 8 from a La Vergne store.
Police seized 108 packs of 7H, a type of synthetic marijuana, and 163 pieces of drug supplies including pipes, bongs, scales, and grinders. Law enforcement officials also seized $1,775 in cash from Mark Market, located at 3004 W. Nir Shreibman Blvd.
Mark Market owner Beshoui Shenouda and clerk Rayek Tawardrous were issued misdemeanor citations, and they are scheduled to appear March 28 in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.
"Narcotics Officer Ty McGowan worked with our Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Suppression Unit, and the National Guard Counter-Drug Task Force to remove these drugs," Police Chief Mike Walker said.
In December, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation served 89 misdemeanor complaints to 40 individuals in Operation Synful Smoke. The charges ranged from possession of synthetic cannabinoids to possession with the intent to sell synthetic methcathinones.
"Synthetic drug use is a growing problem in Tennessee, especially with teens. They can be deadly to anyone who uses them," Walker said. "I'm glad to see the state Legislature is looking at changing the manufacture and sale of these drugs to a felony rather than a misdemeanor."