Store Owner Sentenced in 'Spice' Bust

UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
September 3, 2014

A convenience store owner arrested last year and accused of selling synthetic marijuana commonly known as "spice" has just entered a plea in court.

Court records show Jawad Foqahaa - owner of the Time Saver on Old Bainbridge Road in Tallahassee - plead no contest today to charges of possession of spice with intent to sell and maintaining a business where drugs are sold.

Foqahaa was sentenced to 60 days on the sheriff's work camp and five years on probation. Court records show he also had to surrender his license to sell alcohol, tobacco and firearms as part of the deal.

Prosecutors dropped a charge of possession of a short barreled shotgun.

Foqahaa's attorney Matt Foster said, "When this product was originally on the market, it was legal to purchase and sell spice. The legislature later outlawed it and many convenience store owners were not aware of it. Mr. Foqahaa is a hardworking family man who thought he was complying with the law," Foster said, "and he has done everything he can to remedy this situation."


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