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Pasco Sheriff and Attorney General Bondi team up to fight synthetic drugs

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NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

The Mobil gas station on Massachusetts Avenue in New Port Richey got a surprise visit from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. According to detectives, the store has been selling packages of synthetic marijuana despite being warned that it is illegal.

The arrest was overwhelming for the sales clerk. He collapsed and had to be taken to a local hospital.

The store owner came to the gas station to check on her employee. She was then arrested for selling the illegal drugs also.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco gathered with state and local officials to send a message to those businesses that continue to break the law.

"There's people out there that aren't listening. Well today they are going to have handcuffs and they are going to hear loud and clear you can not sell spice in Pasco County."

The sheriff's office says when they arrested the sales clerk he told them he hasn't sold the synthetic drug in over six months. But detectives tell us they made undercover buys as recently as two weeks ago.

Sergeant William Davis works in the narcotics division. He says that he isn't surprised by the clerk's statement.

"First reaction is I'm going to lie. That's what we do. We lie when we're criminals. But we're here to say enough is enough."

Besides being arrested for selling a controlled substance, the business owner will also be fined five hundred dollars per package for violating a county ordinance that bans the sell or possession of the illegal drugs. Thirty packages were recovered from this store.

State Attorney General Pam Bondi was at the bust and says that parents need to watch their children closely to make sure they don't get their hands on this lethal substance. While holding up two packages of the illegal drugs, Bondi said, "parents this is what we are talking about. Please take a close look at this. This isn't meant for children. This isn't meant for anyone. These are drugs."

Two other businesses were also busted for selling the synthetic drugs. They were the sSuper K in Hudson and the Boost Mobile in Holiday.

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