Two busted in synthetic pot investigation
by Joshua Sharpe
May 03, 2013 12:10 AM | 2448 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Karim Kabiroodin Damani
Karim Kabiroodin Damani
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Jesus Ortiz Cisneros
Jesus Ortiz Cisneros
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CANTON — Two men were arrested Wednesday during a search of a Texaco gas station on Riverstone Parkway in Canton after several months of investigation into claims that the station was selling synthetic marijuana.

Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Commander Phil Price said agents arrested the Texaco station’s owner, Karim Kabiroodin Damani, 37, of Marietta, and employee Jesus Ortiz Cisneros, 31, of Canton.

Damani and Cisneros were each charged with possession and intent to distribute a Schedule 1 substance after officers found 22 packages of synthetic marijuana, there Wednesday morning, Price said Thursday.

Price said his squad received reports from residents and other law enforcement agencies accusing the gas station of selling the synthetic drugs.

“We’ve had complaints in regards to the business, but we never had anything specific enough,” the commander said.

But after several months of looking into the claims and an undercover investigation, Price said CMANS got the search warrant.

Price said synthetic marijuana products like those found at the Canton gas station have been illegal since March 2012, when Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 370, known as the Synthetic Marijuana Bill, into law.

“The sale of these substances is highly lucrative,” Price said. “It is tempting for businesses to get involved in this illegal activity.”

Price said the 22 packages of synthetic marijuana found Wednesday in Canton could’ve fetched up to $1,100 on the street.

Damani and Cisneros were released from custody later Wednesday on $11,200 bond each, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

CMANS is a collaborative agency made up of officers and investigators from law enforcement agencies around Cherokee County.

The Canton Police Department and Cherokee County Marshal’s Office also aided in the search Wednesday, Price said.
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Tiffany8847
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May 03, 2013
Why don't u leave people alone that smoke pot at least if i smoke a joint i can still drive a car unlike if u drink a beer but no one is trying to ban licquor
Holy Moly
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May 03, 2013
Congratulations to all the law enforcement departments that comprise CMANS. Cherokee County Georgia is not going to tolerate illegal drugs. This makes us very much unlike California and Colorado and other left wing states that have legalized pot. Watch for lung cancer rates and automobile accident rates to accelerate as as those citizens get high and die much too young.
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