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3 more suspects identified in synthetic drug case

By Gheni_Platenburg
June 5, 2012 at 1:05 a.m.
Updated June 6, 2012 at 1:06 a.m.


The names of three more people indicted on charges of selling synthetic marijuana and bath salts were released Tuesday.

Maria Garza and Owen Shea Townsend, both 22, and Khairunissa Wazirali Lakhani, 32, along with nine others, were charged after an April raid by law enforcement on several area stores.

Garza was arrested on Tuesday, bringing the arrest total to 10.

Townsend and Lakhani, have not yet been arrested.

All are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and delivering controlled substances.

On April 9, five stores, mostly novelty businesses, were raided as law enforcement searched for synthetic drugs, said District Attorney Steve Tyler.

About 60 members of the Victoria Police Department and the Victoria County Sheriff's Office simultaneously raided the Smoke N Rock, 6412 N. Navarro St.; Needful Things, 3608 N. Laurent St.; Cracker Barrel, 112 Sam Houston Drive; and the two locations of D&D Novelties at 1706 Houston Highway and 9501 N. Navarro St.

Law enforcement confiscated suspected drugs, including synthetic marijuana and bath salts, which is like synthetic cocaine, and took them to a lab.

They are charged with delivering the substances in an amount of 400 grams or more, according to the indictments.

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