Cops: Smoke Shop Owner, Employee Face Pot, THC Sales Charges – Stonington, CT Patch

PAWCATCUK, CT—The owner and an employee of Legends Smoke Shop in downtown Pawcatuck turned themselves in to state police Thursday.

After getting „numerous citizen complaints” that the store was selling more than rolling papers and water pipes, a joint investigation, led by the Statewide Narcotics Task Force-East Office, Stonington Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Drug Control Division, led to warrants for store owner Justin M. Smith, 42, of 119 Jeremy Hill Road in North Stonington and shop employee David Shemansky, 50, of 31 Oak St., in Westerly, RI.

Both men were charged with possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with the intent to sell.

According to a press release from Connecticut State Police, complaints that the shop was selling „marijuana (THC) based products,” led to an investigation. A search warrant was executed on July 23. Police said they found and seized 161 THC vape cartridges, 1115.5 grams of marijuana edibles, 13.5 grams of marijuana and, „several thousand wax paper bags, which are commonly used to package heroin.” Authorities also seized $1131 in cash.

Smith posted a $25,000 bond and Shemansky posted a $50,000 bond. They were released and are due back in court Sept. 18 in New London.

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