Two charged with new Rome Synthetic Drug Law

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Two men have been charged after Rome Police discovered they were involved with the sale of banned synthetic drugs.

Rome Police responded to the Exit 420 store, located at 401 North James Street in Rome and say discovered a large amount of synthetic drugs that were being offered for sale to the public on Friday.

Police charged the owner, 22-year-old Muhammad Ali, with Possession of Synthetic Drugs and also Sale of Synthetic Drugs, violations under Rome City Code. These synthetic drugs were seized by police.

Also on Friday, Rome Police responded to the Country Farms store located at 916 Floyd Ave. Police say they discovered the stores owner, 39-year-old Vipul Patel, was in possession of a box containing synthetic drugs. The synthetic drugs were seized and Patel was charged with one count of Possession of Synthetic Drugs.

Rome Police say they are actively enforcing the recently enacted Rome City Code, which bans the sale and/or possession of synthetic drugs, which was adopted on April 11, 2012.

Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach said, “Officers will be out every day aggressively enforcing this ordinance”. “We will continue to do everything in our power to get these incredibly dangerous substances of the streets of Rome”.

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