Port Jervis shop targeted by police in statewide synthetic marijuana sting


PORT JERVIS — A Port Jervis shop has been named in a multi-jurisdictional, statewide investigation in the illicit sale of synthetic marijuana.
The shop, Jamaica Junction of 15 Front St., was one of nine shops throughout the state searched by the New York State Police Community Enforcement Team. Port Jervis police assisted in the search.
Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as synthetic marihuana, are mixtures of vegetative substances infused with chemicals intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. It was made a violation in August 2012 to sell or posses the drug.
Manager of Jamaica Junction, Clyde Beach, 56, of Cuddebackville, was also arrested on a public health law violation.
Between the nine smoke shops, head shops, and bodegas targeted in the bust, police say they seized more than 11,000 packages believed to contain synthetic cannabinoids, $16,000 in cash, 200 packages of suspected bath salts, and other items and records relating to the sale of the banned substances. The seized drugs are valued at over $150,000, police say. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration may seek federal prosecution, said state police.

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