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Police Arrest Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salt Dealer

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Police make a second major drug bust in Connecticut that involved synthetic marijuana Wednesday. 

The first case was in New London,  then hours later, in Torrington.  Investigators did not believe the cases were related.

Torrington Police released pictures to NBC Connecticut of what they found during the bust.  They seized more than 100 bags of synthetic marijuana and over a dozen cases of bath salts, all packed for sale.

"We've been trying to get them off the street for a while," said Lt. Mike Emanuel, from Torrington Police.

Investigators said 59 year old Ronald Scheibel was caught with the drugs and a lot of cash when they pulled him over on Main Street.  They told NBC Connecticut he was about to deliver them to a convenience store.

A spokesperson for the business, Lilly's Torrington Payment Center, denied the allegations.

"No not at all...the owner had no idea what was going on," said Katie Hennessey.

According to police, Scheibel distributed merchandise to stores across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  They said he might have ran a large scale operation, and could have sold drugs to the stores.

"It's very possible he was selling it and distributing them he did have it in his vehicle," Lt. Emanuel explained. 

This was especially concerning for law enforcement considering synthetic marijuana and bath salts were made illegal in the state less than a year ago because so many teens were getting sick from using them.

"We had young people getting in the hospital with breathing problems and heart attacks," Lt. Emanuel explained. 

After the bust, police sent a message to businesses that might be selling them.

"Be careful of what you have on the shelf because we will arrest you for it," Lt. Emanuel said.

Police said Lilly's Torrington Payment Center was not in trouble, but told NBC Connecticut this could change depending on the investigation.


 


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