Chipley - Chipley Police Department reported the arrest of Ahmad Shibly Raihan, partial owner of Chipley Foodmart, on charges of selling synthetic marijuana under the lable of "Scooby Snax Potpourri" on the afternoon of March 4.
According to the report, the Washington County Drug Task Force, which consists of the Chipley Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department, concluded a several month long investigation into allegations that a local business, Chipley Foodmart also known as Inland Gas Station located at the corner of State Road 77 and South Boulevard, was selling illegal narcotics from the store.
Raihan, part owner of the Chipley Foodmart, was arrested on Tuesday while managing the store and a search of the business led to the discovery of an amount of marijuana and sythetic marijuana concealed in the storage room of the business, according to the report.
The sythetic marijuana was individually packaged for sale under the label of "Scooby Snax Potpourri" and synthetic marijuana is illegal to sell over the counter and for this reason it is not displayed in the store, however it was sold in the store during normal business hours to select costomers.
Ahmad was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of sell of synthetic narcotic, possession of synthetic narcotic with intent to sell and possession of marijuana.
"The synthetic marijuana is an illegal substance that is commonly mistaken as being legal and has become a popular alternative for our young people to consume as opposed to cannabis," said Police Chief Kevin Crews. "These substances are sold in stores as Pot Pourri in varying amounts and actually marketed as a fragrance but its real intent is to be consumed. The synthetic marijuana is extremely dangerous to our children and those who choose to consume this illegal substance.
The Chipley Police Department has made efforts to rid our local stores of these substances. I ask that if anyone knows of persons or businesses that are still selling these substances or of any other criminal activity to report these activities to the Chipley Police Department at 638-6310 or to remain anonymous call the Crime Stoppers of Washington County at 638-TIPS."