Convenience Store Owner Accused of Selling Synthetic Drugs Gets Accepted into ARD Program

local-newsCLEARFIELD – A convenience store owner charged with selling synthetic drugs was accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program during ARD Court Tuesday in Clearfield County.

Rupinder Kaur, 43, 1004 Cumberland St., Clearfield, is charged with possession of a controlled substance in two cases. She must complete one year ARD probation and counseling. She will pay $650 to defray the cost of the program plus court costs.

Her co-defendant, Gurprett Singh, also of 1004 Cumberland St., Clearfield, faces similar charges. He signed a plea agreement and is scheduled for sentencing in June.

The charges stem from incidents in November of 2011 at the Uni-Marts in Hyde and Curwensville, which the couple own.

According to the affidavits of probable cause, police had received information that the Uni-Marts in both areas had been selling and distributing synthetic marijuana in foil packets.

On Nov. 1, 2011 at 11:18 a.m., an undercover vice officer entered the Hyde store, where he saw two females behind the counter, one of which was Kaur. He asked if they had any “radioactive.” The items were located behind the counter near the cigarettes. Kaur handed him the synthetic marijuana, which was in a silver foil package with “radioactive” on the front. He then paid her $36 for the drugs.

At 11:29 a.m. that same day, the undercover officer was in the Curwensville Uni-Mart, where Singh sold him two packets of synthetic marijuana from behind the counter, which were labeled “atomic bomb” for $36.

Lab reports showed that both items were a synthetic cannabinoid, which is a Schedule 1 drug.

After a search warrant was granted for both stores, officers found 249 various marked packets of synthetic marijuana, 45 various smoking devices and two metal grinders in the Hyde store and 280 various packets of synthetic marijuana in the Curwensville store.

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