|Business busted for selling plant food |
|Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 12:02 pm |
Following a two-month investigation by the combined efforts of the Martin Police Department, Union City Police Department, 27th Judicial Drug Task Force and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a local convenience store was caught selling plant food containing the drug methcathinone.
According to an affidavit released by investigator Mark Rushing of the MPD, on Aug. 24 he and Capt. Tommy Erwin received information that someone had allegedly purchased some “Happy” plant food from Smoke and Suds convenience store at 165 University Plaza in Martin.
Later, in an undercover police operation, investigator Chris Cummings of the UCPD entered Smoke and Suds and purchased three packs of the plant food for $30 with two recorded serial number $20 bills from store employee Su Lin, 23, of Jackson.
Rushing and Erwin then entered the store with the purchase, spoke to Lin and seized 24 packs of the plant food that was allegedly kept under the counter. Additionally, they allegedly recovered two $20 bills with the same serial numbers as those used to make the purchase.
The plant food was packaged and sent to the TBI crime lab for analyzing and around Halloween, the results came back positive for methylenedioxymethcathinone.
This is a violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-452 – a law passed in 2006 that makes it a Class A misdemeanor to have possession of Salvia divinorum or Salvinorum A for recreational consumption purposes.
Lin was issued a criminal summons and appeared in general sessions court Nov. 23 where she was charged with a Class A misdemeanor of 11 months and 29 days all suspended upon payment of the fines and costs and upon compliance with the terms and conditions of probation.
She was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of unsupervised probation with alcohol and drug evaluation and recommended treatment and a fine of $250.