Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotic Squad, or CMANS, agents arrested Serena P. Burkard, 26, of Marietta, on Tuesday in Woodstock in the sale of Schedule I controlled substances, according to a news release from the agency.
Schedule I drugs include heroin and Ecstasy, among other substances.
Burkard is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.
CMANS Cmdr. Phil Price said agents received a tip last month Burkard was allegedly selling synthetic marijuana and other products out of her car at Smoke 911 stores in metro Atlanta. Burkard is the manager at all four locations, he said.
Agents then learned Burkard planned to visit Woodstock on Tuesday evening.
An undercover CMANS agent was able to purchase bath salts from Burkard, according to the release.
Price said agents believe Burkard was the reason the smoke shops have remained on law enforcement’s radar.
“We believe that Serena is the person we’re most interested in,” Price said. “We are hoping that by putting her in jail, it will solve this problem, at least in the short term.”
After the arrest, CMANS agents and Woodstock police officers executed a search warrant for Burkard’s car and the Smoke 911 shop in Woodstock. Officials unearthed $10,269.26 in cash, 182 packages of synthetic marijuana and 26 packets of bath salts, most of which were found in Burkard’s car, he said.
Price said about two or three packages of bath salts were found inside the store.
Smoke 911 was one of four metro Atlanta stores raided by federal agents last month. Agents were seeking information relating to synthetic marijuana and so-called bath salts, which are synthetic drugs sold in the form of powder and pills that gives users the effects similar to that of methamphetamine, Ecstasy and cocaine.
In March, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that bans the use or sell of synthetic marijuana and so-called bath salts in Georgia.
After the bill became law, CMANS agents visited the smoke shop and informed them that synthetic products were illegal and the substances had been banned by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy.
CMANS later seized the substances in question from the store.
Agents continued to receive complaints about the store and assisted federal agents in last month’s search of the store.
When asked if he believes the Woodstock shop could remain a problem, Price added “all the information” the agents have gathered regarding the store’s activity points back to Burkard.
Price said the agency is committed to rooting out the illegal substances.
“We’re going to do everything we can legally to get this stuff off the street,” he said.