The manager of a Rockville convenience store was taken from the premises in handcuffs on Thursday after police discovered synthetic marijuana hidden inside soda coolers, law enforcement officials said.
It was part of a search warrant executed by officers from the East Central Narcotics Task Force and the state Department of Revenue Services, according to a news release issued by the task force.
The store is located at 76 Union St.
Police said they obtained the search warrant after developing sufficient evidence that "narcotic activity" was taking place at the store, which sits at the intersection of Ward and Union streets.
The synthetic pot, known on the street as K2, was located hidden in the coolers, police said. Several other hidden compartments were located throughout the store, police said.
Police confiscated 35 packets of K2, according to a news release. Also seized were Percocet pills, counterfeit cigarettes, counterfeit movies, brass knuckles, butterfly knives, packaging material, drug paraphernalia and $2,543 in cash, according to a news release.
Percocet is a trade name for a prescription pain medicine made up of Oxycodone and acetaminophen.
The manager of the store, Masood Fariduddin, was arrested without incident, police said.
Fariduddin, 25, lives at 128 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield.
He was booked on a $10,000 bond and charged with:
• Two counts of narcotics possession.
• Possession of narcotics with the intent to sell.
• Possession of drugs within 1,500 feet of a school.
• Narcotics not in their original container.
• Possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle.
The East Central Narcotics Task Force is made up of officers from Vernon, Manchester, South Windsor and Glastonbury.
Last April, there was a stabbing incident outside the store. With ambulances at other calls throughout the area, police placed the victim on the hood of a cruiser and slowly walked him up Union Street a short distance to Rockville General Hospital. The victim was among several people charged for their involvement in a street brawl.
On Tuesday, the task force raided an apartment at 39 Village Street - a short walk from the store - and arrested a resident on drug charges.