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Three accused of selling marijuana at Raleigh convenience store

Posted January 21, 2014
Updated February 11, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: The charges against Manisha Yogeshkumar Patel and Karanjit Singh Sahota were dismissed and their criminal record of the charges were expunged.

RALEIGH, N.C. –Three people were arrested Tuesday following an investigation into synthetic marijuana sales at a Raleigh convenience store.

Manisha Yogeshkumar Patel, 44, of 1050 Kennicott Ave., Cary; Karanjit Singh Sahota, 30, of 2211-A Gorman St., Raleigh; and Ami Natvarlal Patel, 29, of 4113 Woodlake Place, Apt. C, Raleigh, were each charged with selling synthetic cannabinoids and possession with intent to sell and deliver synthetic cannabinoids in connection with the Jan. 14 search at Capital Food Mart, at 2929 Capital Blvd.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol Law Enforcement, special agents seized multiple packages of synthetic marijuana, four bottles of liquor, four bottles of unfortified wine, 90 counterfeit CDs and $493.

Sahota and Ami Patel work at the store, according to ALE.

Manisha Patel, the store's owner, also faces four additional charges: unauthorized possession of spirituous liquor, possessing for sale any alcoholic beverage without first obtaining the applicable ABC permit and revenue licenses, maintaining a building for the purpose of keeping and selling a controlled substance and possessing with the intent to sell less than 100 unauthorized CDs.


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  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 22, 2014

    "Why on earth would anyone be against this?.."- Big pharma and the tobacco and alcohol makers dont want the competition for consumer dollars- and since they buy politicians at will, they help "shape" the direction of laws and government attitude.

  • Prayer starts with P Jan 22, 2014

    Meanwhile reports from the area indicate that other convenience stores continue to sell the LETHAL drugs alcohol and tobacco...

  • dwr1964 Jan 22, 2014


    You asked the question and gave the answer all in one. Our soil in NC is perfect for growing marijuana. If it becomes legal, many farmers would opt to grow the weed instead of the tobacco. With less tobacco in the world, maybe RJ Reynolds, Phillip Morris and other cigarette makers, would not be able to continue their business. Both the cotton industry and the tobacco industry, have been lining the pockets of our elected officials, for many years, simply to have them continue to keep the marijuana business in check. Those days are beginning to end.

  • batcave Jan 22, 2014

    Well, how conveeenient, is't that special. Could it be the DEVIL!!!!!!

  • Mr. Hans Jan 22, 2014

    Wow. What a bust. How much tax money was spent on this?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2014

    Change the title and it represents what most Americans actually feel..."Convenience Store accused of Selling Beer"

    So, what, right? No biggie, right?

    Now, can we please stop destroying people's lives for a weed's leaf? Let's clear out the 15% of our jails of those convicted of this ridiculous Prohibition and make room for REAL criminals.

    Let's legalize, tax and regulate pot like tobacco and alcohol. We could make tons of money AND promote freedom and liberty. And NC, with it’s tobacco roots, could grow pot like no other state.

    Why on earth would anyone be against this?...especially anyone calling themselves "Conservative"?

  • davido Jan 22, 2014

    Um, actually, the headline is not just misleading. It is completely incorrect. From what I understand, synthetic "marijuana" can kill you. Real marijuana, not so much.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 22, 2014

    Headline is VERY misleading. They weren't selling marijuana at all. What they DID get busted with was a synthetic drug that isn't even marijuana. I'm guessing real weed would have been better than the chemicals and other "additives" in these synthetic substances. Just legalize and tax it already!