PINELLAS PARK – Pinellas Park police investigators arrested the owner of Jasmine Food Mart, 10201 66th St. N., for sale and possession of synthetic cannabinoids,
Karim Aslan, 62, of Palm Harbor was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Sept. 20 at 5:31 p.m. He was released on $26,000 surety bond at 10:37 p.m. the same day.
The investigation began after police received numerous citizen complaints of clerks selling the illegal substance, commonly known as Spice or K2.
Police said Aslan sold the drug to undercover narcotic detectives multiple times and was found to be in possession of 237 packets of the illegal substance.
Aslan’s arrest is part of an ongoing operation by Pinellas Park Police to identify and arrest people selling synthetic drugs.
In December 2012, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an emergency order outlawing 22 variations of synthetic drugs within the state of Florida. These drugs were outlawed due to their side effects that often cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, seizures, paranoia, tremors and other issues.
Shortly after Attorney General Bondi’s order was issued; uniformed officers from the Pinellas Park Police Department visited 62 stores in an effort to educate the operators and owners that it was now illegal to possess or purchase synthetic drugs. Aslan himself had been previously warned in writing by Pinellas Park officers.
Aslan was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and two charges of sale or delivery of a controlled substance.