Jackpot Mini-Mart Update
The North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents began the administrative inspection of the business and discovered numerous violations in relation to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission as well several illegal controlled substance violations.
Suspect: Jose Benitez
Location: Jackpot Mini-Mart
On 08/09/2016 Agents uncovered numerous state criminal violations. The violations are as follows: Possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, failure to maintain a record for the sales of glass tubes, pipes and splitters, knowingly allow controlled substance violations to occur on the premise of business.
ABC Violations enforced by North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement as follows:
§ 18B-1005. Conduct on licensed premises (Controlled Substances)
143 NCAC 15B .0206 ILLEGAL DRUG USE PROHIBITED
14B NCAC 15B .0601 RECORD KEEPING
14B NCAC 153 .0210 COOPERATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
14B NCAC 15B .0212 SUPERVISION OF PREMISES
Items Seized: Marijuana, Spice, Drug Paraphernalia, Alcoholic beverages.
NC ALE and Lee County Sheriffs Agents History with Jackpot Mini-Mart in 2016:
On 03/02/2016 NC ALE Agents assisted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on a search warrant at Jackpot Mini Mart located at 2305 Lee Avenue, Sanford, NC, 27330 in reference to the sales of controlled substances (marijuana) from this location. On this date marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a stolen firearm were seized from the location and the owner, Jose Benitez was charged accordingly. NC ALE filed ABC violations on this date also.
On 03/23/2016 NC ALE and Lee County Agents conducted an ABC Inspection at Jackpot Mini Mart located at 2305 Lee Avenue, Sanford, NC, 27330. On this date agents detected a strong odor of marijuana once inside the premises. On this date a smoking pipe was found and contained an amount of marijuana which was seized. NC ALE filed for ABC violations from this date also.
On 5/12/2016 NC ALE conducted an ABC Inspection at Jackpot Mini Mart located at 2305 Lee Avenue, Sanford, NC 27330. On this date Agents observed various pieces of what was suspected to be “spice” throughout the business. Spice contains synthetic cannabinoids as defined by G.S. 90-94.
Synthetic marijuana “SPICE” is a designer drug in which herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in the naturally grown marijuana plant (cannabis sativa). Synthetic marijuana, also known by the name of “Spice” or “K2” first became available in the U.S. in 2008. It was frequently marketed as an incense in colorful three ounce pouches and labeled “not for human consumption”. Spice or K2 became increasingly popular with high school students and young adults because it was legally obtainable from convenience stores, smoke shops, and online - until July 2012 when a national ban was enacted against the sale of synthetic cannabinoids in the U.S..