The owners of Raceway Market have been granted probation for selling synthetic drugs to an undercover officer at their Sparta Street store.
The couple, Paresh Patel and Bhavana Patel, were both given 11-month, 29-day probationary sentences for distributing a synthetic cannabinoid.
Mrs. Patel was allowed a judicial diversion, meaning her record will be erased once she competes her probation. Mr. Patel was denied the judicial diversion and his conviction will stay on his record once his probation is over. Both have been directed to pay $2,000 plus court costs and must perform 24 hours public service work. Also, the $3,775 cash confiscated at the time of the store raid will be forfeited.
Their sentences come after an undercover officer bought several synthetic drugs and pieces of drug paraphernalia from the store. The synthetics consisted mainly of plant food products and bath salts which had been widely misused for intoxication purposes resulting in the state legislature declaring them illegal.
However, despite the banning of their sales, lawmen say many stores across the state continued selling the items resulting in undercover operations similar to the ones which led to charges against the Patels.
Their attorney maintained the two are law-abiding citizens who did not understand the new law and did not purposefully set out to break the law for profit.