Couple accused of selling synthetic drugs faces felony charges

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. —

The owners of a Gaston County smoke shop are now facing felony charges.

The charges came months after agents raided a store owned by Todd and Ginger Short and seized synthetic drugs, because it took several months for a crime lab to test some of the synthetic drugs found there.

But, police said some of the most dangerous drugs they confiscated are still legal to sell.

Todd and Ginger Short have turned themselves in to police after a grand jury indicted them on charges of trafficking synthetic marijuana and conspiring to traffic in synthetic marijuana.

Lowell police said that while one of the drugs, called Up, is perfectly legal, it has the same effect as LSD or cocaine.

Kenneth Banks, who said during an interview in March that his family was being torn apart by the drug, said Thursday he was addicted to Up and spends $600 each month on the synthetic drug.

“I think it’s more on the lines of crack how addictive it is,” he said.

Lowell police are now asking the Drug Enforcement Agency to take action.

“I’m hoping they’ll take the results to someone higher than them and put a ban on it so they can’t use it,” said Officer R.I. Hoffman.

Police said many of the drugs they have seized from Smoker's Edge still need to be tested. They said the owners could face more charges in the future.