Police: Deli clerk charged for selling synthetic marijuana

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - A store clerk has been charged after authorities say they were selling synthetic marijuana out of a main street deli.

According to Herkimer Police, around 3:30 p.m. On Friday, November 9, Faysil M. Ali, 52, of Utica, who works as a clerk at Sam's Deli on North Main Street in the village, sold a 1.5 gram packet of synthetic marijuana to an individual who was working with police. Herkimer Police officers then entered the store and confiscated additional packets of the same material.

Ali was charged with one count of sale of a synthetic substance and two counts of possession of synthetic substances.

Police said the charges cite a local ordinance enacted earlier this year when the area saw an influx of incidents where individuals under the influence of synthetic drugs and needed medical attention.

Federal and state bans on these substances have slowed the distribution but it remains a focus for local law enforcement.

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