After a joint investigation among the Bristol Police Narcotics Division, State of Connecticut Revenue Services and the Statewide Narcotics Task Force two arrests were made and several items of evidence was seized from Discount Tobacco located at 123 Farmington Ave., located in the Bristol Commons Plaza.
The investigators received information that illegal sales of controlled substances may have been taking place within the store, a press release said. On Friday, March 28, the state’s Revenue Services, Bristol Police and the state’s Narcotics Task Force inspected the store where they found a carton of untaxed Benson and Hedges cigarettes. Because they were untaxed, they were illegal to have in the business, the release said. Investigators also found two plastic bags each containing numerous packages of a synthetic substance sold as incense which was labeled “Not For Human Consumption.” The release said narcotics investigators know these products to be smoked by individuals who refer to it as synthetic marijuana containing banned substances.
Store owner Sharjil Khan, 45, of 521 Pine St., Bristol was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance within 1500 feet of a school, and was released on a $5,000 bond. Khan told police he had not been involved in selling the product since it became illegal and said he had the remaining surplus in the back of his store because he removed it from shelves when he became banned, the release said. Khan is expected to appear in Bristol Court on April 14.
Store clerk, Muhammad Khan was issued an infraction from Revenue Services for being in possession of a carton of cigarettes that were not taxed by the State of Connecticut, the release said.
A total of 226 packages totaling 1,181.8 grams of product were seized with a resale value of $3,0604.74