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Six drug charges, five felonies and one misdemeanor have been brought against the operators of a convenience store in Calico Rock.  After making an undercover buy  of synthetic marijuana, a class VI controlled substance from proprietors Ifran Rehman, the Izard County Sheriff‘s Department and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task executed a search warrant on the Conoco gas station operated by Rehman and his wife, Myong Rehman.  Officers located a total of 407 bags of suspected synthetic marijuana, labeled as Cherry Blast, 2010. Serenity Now, Santa’s Sled, White Dove, Pulse Ultra. The seized synthetic drugs were submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory where confirmation was made.

Both Ifran Rehman, age 47 and Myong Rehman, age 47 were charged with maintaining a drug premise - two counts ,each a class “c” felony; possession with the purpose to deliver a schedule I controlled substance,  a class “c” felony; possession with  the purpose to deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, a class “d” felony; delivery  of a schedule  VI controlled substance, a class “a” misdemeanor;  and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to use, a class “a” misdemeanor.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said these synthetic drugs are often extremely potent causing respiratory distress and other major health issues including death.  Sheriff Lawrence said it was apparent to him that the Redmans’ were indifferent to the health issues of their customers, some perhaps unaware of the grave danger these drugs present.  and were more concerned in selling these illegal  packages for a much as $40.00 each while profiting about $35.00 each. 

Sheriff Lawrence said the psychoactive herbal and chemical product mimics the effects of cannabis and produces a similar or more potent high than marijuana. Users of the product often end up in hospital emergency rooms.  Some studies indicate the product is as much as five more powerful than regular marijuana and that there are dangerous short and long term effects of the product.  Studies also suggest the synthetic cannabin intoxication is associated with acute psychosis and may the ability to trigger a chronic long term psychotic disorder among vulnerable individuals.

  Sheriff Lawrence said that bond for each was set at $50,000 by Izard District Judge David E. Miller.  Both bonded the day of their arrest and were given a date in Izard County Circuit Court.



News Release

For Immediate Release

October 1, 2012

POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence

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