Authorities seize suspected ‘bath salts’, synthetic marijuana in Alamance County

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Five men were arrested on Tuesday after authorities executed a search warrant at two incense store’s and seized synthetic marijuana, suspected bath salts, and drug paraphernalia.

According to Burlington Police Department’s Sgt. Mark Rascoe, as a joint operation with Mebane Police Department, officers executed search warrants on the Purple Peddler Incense stores located in Burlington and Mebane.

Police say they seized 1200 packages of suspected “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana, marijuana, cash, and over 3000 items of drug paraphernalia and scales.

As a result of a six month investigation the owner and four individuals were arrested.

Edward Dennis Robeson, 57, the reported owner of the business, has been charged with two counts of selling and delivering synthetic cannabinoid, two counts of maintaining a place to sell synthetic cannabinoid, possession with intent to sell and deliver synthetic cannabinoid, conspiracy to sell synthetic cannabinoid, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held under a $30,000 secured bond.

Jordan Michael Colapietro, 22, of Graham, has been charged with five counts of selling and delivering synthetic cannabinoid. He is being held under a $5,000 secured bond.

Frederick Picard, 21, of Graham, has been charged with one count of selling and delivering synthetic cannabinoid. He is being held under a $2,500 secured bond.

Mark Christopher Boyd, 21,of Burlington, has been charged with three counts of selling and delivering synthetic cannabinoid. He is being held under a $1,000 secured bond.

George Lafern Robeson, 56, of Mebane, has been charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cannabinoid, selling synthetic cannabinoid, and conspiracy to sell synthetic cannabinoid. He is being held under a $30,000 secured bond.

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