Store owner charged after synthetic marijuana bust

A Franklin County store owner was arrested after authorities seized $7,700 in synthetic marijuana at his business, authorities said Thursday.

Surjit Singh Dhillon, 45, of Leesburg, Virginia, had several packets of synthetic marijuana on him during the search Tuesday night, and more than 170 packets were found hidden above the ceiling tiles in a storage room in the back of the Molly Pitcher Mini-Mart, at 13640 Molly Pitcher Highway in Antrim Township, District Attorney Matthew Fogal said in a news release.

The approximate street value of the synthetic marijuana seized during the search is $7,700.

Authorities had been investigating the store since last fall after receiving complaints from parents and others, and had made several controlled purchases of synthetic marijuana, Fogal said.

During the search, a stolen handgun was found inside a drawer behind the counter, and investigators found glass smoking pipes and other drug paraphernalia, counterfeit North Face apparel, and a large quantity of U.S. currency, Fogal said.

Dhillon was charged with drug offenses and receiving stolen property and jailed in the Franklin County Prison on $250,000 bond.


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