PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County narcotics detectives executed a search warrant Tuesday at a Port Charlotte convenience store where they seized almost six pounds of synthetic marijuana and arrested three people.
Early in the event detectives went to the Charlotte Convenience Store at 3651 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. Two employees were in the store at the time and the store manager arrived during the search.
Detectives found a total of 2,656 grams, or about 5.85 pounds, of synthetic cannabinoids, which is also commonly known as “spice,” in the store. More than a pound of the substance was found behind the front counter where the two employees were working. The rest was located in the manager’s office.
A deputy had met with the store manager in April 2013 to let him know of changes in state law governing synthetic marijuana. 27-year-old Kaushal Kumar Patel of North Port signed an official notice indicating that he understood the new law.
However, in June 2013, detectives conducted an operation in which undercover personnel went into the Charlotte Convenience Store and purchased four grams of synthetic marijuana from one of the store’s employees, Christian Perez, 25, of Port Charlotte. When detectives arrived on Tuesday to serve the search warrant, Perez was one of the two employees at the store. The other was Neisha Iree Perez, 24, also of Port Charlotte.
Patel, Christian Perez and Neisha Perez were all arrested. Patel was charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids, two counts of possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Christian Perez was also charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids, two counts of possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Neisha Perez was charged with possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
In addition to the nearly 6 pounds of synthetic marijuana seized, detectives seized a total of $19,833 in cash.