Store owner arrested for alleged sale of synthetic marijuana

BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. -- The owner of a convenience store is facing drug charges after detectives observed a transaction in progress at the store on Thursday.

Don Hapuarachchi, 46, is charged with two counts of possession of an illegal drug with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and two counts of trafficking hydrocodone on April 24, according to a release from Bradford County Sheriff's Office Captain Brad Smith.

Hapuarachchi, owner of Edwards' Grocery at 4105 Southeast State Road 100 in Starke, was reportedly trading and selling illegal drugs.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives found more than 1,000 packs of synthetic marijuana, which Hapuarachchi was reportedly selling for $20 each.

Edwards' Grocery is 85 feet away from Hope Christian Academy, which led to the additional charges, Smith said.

Hapuarachchi is set to appear in court on Friday to have his bond amount set by a judge.


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