Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Herbert issued an emergency suspension of a Gonzales convenience store last week for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana. Agents from the ATC and Gonzales police officers say the drugs were being sold at Cajun Food Mart. The investigation was initiated after several complaints were received.

The company that owns the market, Bebo, LLC, was charged with the illegal sale of synthetic marijuana after agents and officers conducted a surveillance operation and initiated several undercover purchases over a period of several weeks.

Businesses accused of selling or possessing any substance that tests positive for banned or illegal substances face immediate enforcement action. In addition, these businesses can face fines of up to $500 for each pack of illegal substance found, as well as suspension and permanent revocation of their alcohol and tobacco permits.

Cajun Food Mart, as a result of the charges, is facing a possible fine of up to $140,500, as well as suspension and revocation.

Anybody facing drug charges should consult any attorney as soon as possible. Meeting with an attorney will help clarify the options. Oftentimes, drug charges can be reduced through the negotiation process. When charges simply aren’t warranted by the evidence, a good defense attorney will attack the prosecution’s case at its weakest points and do everything possible to protect the defendant’s rights.

Source: Tangilena.com, “State ATC agents bust Gonzales store for synthetic marijuana,” August 30, 2012