Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies made one arrest and seized 40 bags of suspected synthetic marijuana during a raid at a Cumming convenience store Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies found the bags hidden above a tile in the ceiling at Save Money Food Mart, 3671 Hutchinson Road. They also seized nearly $2,100 in cash.
Enamuel Haque, 53, of Lawrenceville was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute, according to the sheriff’s office.
As of Friday afternoon, he was being held without bond at the Forsyth County Detention Center.
Haque is no stranger to authorities. According to the sheriff’s office, he was cited in December for selling synthetic marijuana.
Five months prior to that, in July 2012, investigators had seized 170 bags of suspected synthetic marijuana from the same store.
Sgt. Scotty Spriggs of the sheriff’s narcotics unit credited the most recent bust to cooperation from the community.
“Working with P.A.C.E., the ordinance enforcement unit, and concerned citizens helps us identify and solve dangerous drug problems throughout the county,” Spriggs said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the operation began earlier in the week when a traffic stop by deputy Troy Embrey led to three arrests for possession of synthetic marijuana.
“All three [suspects] claimed to have bought it here,” said Embrey, referring to the Hutchinson Road store.
That tip, in turn, was shared with the agency’s narcotics unit.