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May 21, 2013

A 90-pound dope raid

Pryor Times

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Pryor Police Department and the District 13 Drug Task Force seized 60 pounds of synthetic marijuana and three weapons, including a stolen handgun, at Gates convenience store in Pryor last week.

“We got information that they were selling synthetic marijuana at the store,” Mark Woodward with the OBN said. “We were able to intercept 90 pounds of synthetic marijuana over a two-day period bound for resale at the store.”

Woodward said if the store owners truly believed the product was incense as labeled, it would have been placed with the other incense items out on the shelf.

Three handguns were found inside the store. One of the guns had a serial number that had been reported stolen.

“Our investigation is ongoing,” Woodward said. “No arrests have been made yet.”

Gates’ owner and employees are being questioned. The store remains open.

A Conoco store in Big Cabin was targeted by law enforcement for the sale of synthetic marijuana. One arrest was made.

“This is going on statewide,” Woodward said. “In Northeast Oklahoma, we have an ongoing effort to stop the sale of these substances.”

Woodward encourages the public to call the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics or their local law enforcement agencies to report stores suspected of selling synthetic marijuana, often labeled as incense.

“We will gladly investigate them,” he said.

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