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East Greenwich Farms Owner Charged with Selling Synthetic Pot

Patel was charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and is due to be arraigned in Third Division District Court on on Thursday.

Rakeshkumar R. Patel. (Photo: East Greenwich Police)
Rakeshkumar R. Patel. (Photo: East Greenwich Police)
The owner of East Greenwich Farms on Main Street has been charged with selling synthetic cannabinoids, a schedule I controlled substance, after a month-long investigation that culminated in a raid at the convenience store on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Rakeshkumar R. Patel, 40, of 37 Anne Holst Court, Warwick, sold synthetic pot with street names like "Crazy Monkey" and "Bizarro" to an undercover officer from the Newport Police Department as well as "cooperating individuals" who helped with the investigation over the past several months.

Armed with a search warrant, police entered the store, located at 360 Main Street, and arrested Patel and seized $54,807 in cash during their search of the store.

Patel was charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and is due to be arraigned in Third Division District Court on on Thursday.

The investigation was led by East Greenwich Police with help from the state Department of Revenue Division of Taxation and Newport Police.

bwg June 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Oh No! Its so disappointing - he was always so nice when I went in there. Had no idea he was dealing no the side:(
highflyer June 19, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Move him to NK they take in anything or anyone. He could open a new shop in Wickford.
Gary June 19, 2014 at 05:51 PM
What a waste of time, and tax payer money... I thought we were beyond this.. Petty nickel and dime offense, but stole 50k from him in the proccess. Meanwhile, go to your doctor, and tell him you want a synthetic drug out of his arsenal while Patel is down for the count.

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