Tobacco Palace co-owner Hitesh Patel, 42, of Richmond Hill, was re-arrested May 2 by the Chatham-Savannah Narcotics Team “following findings from the crime lab,” according to a CNT press release issued Monday.
Patel, along with employees Prileshkumar Patel and Shailesh Patel, are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act. The three are out on bond.
The charges stem from items taken during search warrants at two Tobacco Palace stores in January in Savannah.
Some of the “seized items” were tested at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab and “returned positive for synthetic marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance,” the press release said.
Brand names of CBD pens that reportedly tested positive were “Magic Puff,” “Kentucky Route,” “Blazed,” “Mega Gold” and “Kronic,” the release said. CBD stands for cananbidiol.
The press release said the investigation is ongoing.
Patel turned himself in in January as a result of the sting.
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