PORT JERVIS, N.Y — The culmination of an investigation into the sales of synthetic marijuana resulted in a store manager being charged as part of a state-wide investigation, according to Port Jervis police.
Clyde Beach, 56, of Cuddebackville, N.Y., manager of Jamaica Junction on Front Street, was arrested and charged on Thursday at 12:03 p.m., police said. He was charged with a violation of section 229 of the New York State Public Health Law. Police allege that Beach sold synthetic marijuana products to an undercover police officer. He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Beach was issued appearance tickets for a future court appearance in Port Jervis City Court.
The search warrant served at Jamaica Junction was part of a statewide initiative targeting the sales of synthetic marijuana. Statewide, the execution of the search warrants resulted in the recovery of 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, statewide, are valued at more than $150,000.
The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the New York National Guard Counter Drug Unit, Auburn Police Department, DeWitt Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Department of Health, executed a series of search warrants across upstate New York as part of an ongoing investigation into the sale of banned substances. During the operation, nine commercial establishments were the subject of searches by State Police and local law enforcement agency members.
In Port Jervis, the Port Jervis City Police Department, in conjunction with the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Town of Deerpark Police Department, and the New York State Department of Health investigated.
Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as synthetic marijuana, are mixtures of vegetative substances infused with chemicals intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. Health warnings have been issued by public health authorities and poison control centers describing the adverse health effects associated with these substances. The effects include agitation, extreme nervousness, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, elevated blood pressure, seizures and hallucinations.