Man accused of selling synthetic marijuana from his store in Monroeton
The owner of M's Roadside Market & Greenhouse in Monroeton is accused of selling synthetic marijuana from the store over a period of several months this year, police said.
Fifty-two-year-old Jody M. Applebee, who owns M's Roadside Market & Greenhouse, has been charged with four counts of delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and four counts of possession of a controlled substance, state police said.
State police said they began investigating the store after receiving a tip on Feb. 3 that it was selling the Cloud 9 brand of synthetic marijuana and after finding out that the business was advertising the sale of the synthetic drug on a sign in front of the store.
The state police filed a criminal complaint against Applebee in Towanda District Court, which provides documentation that Applebee sold synthetic marijuana from the store on three occasions, the first in early February and other two on June 1 and June 22.
Armed with a search warrant, the state police also searched the store on June 22.
State police found two cardboard boxes behind a counter in the store which contained numerous different branded packs of synthetic marijuana, the complaint states.
Several more packs of synthetic marijuana were located in two plastic bins in the store, the complaint states.
Invoice and packing slips were also seized during the search, police said.
At the time of the search, Applebee told police that he had been selling synthetic marijuana for the past several months and was doing it to make extra money to pay his property taxes, the complaint states.
Applebee told the police that he was buying each packet of the drug for $10 and selling it for $25, according to the complaint.
During the search, state police seized the $528 in cash that was in the cash register, as well as over $2,000 that Applebee had in his pockets, the complaint states.
Applebee, whose address is Monroeton RR2, told the police that the money in his pockets represented "a couple days' profit" from items sold at the store, the complaint states. When asked by the police if the money in his pockets could include profits from the sale of synthetic marijuana, Applebee replied that it could, but that it was also money from the sale of pool equipment supplies and other items, the complaint states.
Applebee has been sent a summons to appear before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on Aug. 24 for a preliminary hearing.
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