The manager of a Fort Mill convenience store cited recently for selling alcohol to minors now faces drug charges.
Tuan Quoc Nguyen, 24, of Charlotte, was arrested Wednesday evening after York County agents found him selling synthetic marijuana behind the counter.
Nguyen is charged with distribution of synthetic marijuana, the distribution of synthetic marijuana in proximity to a school, possession of synthetic marijuana with the intent to distribute in proximity to a school and another possession with the intent to distribute charge, said Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit.
Drug agents were called to the T&T Express store on 1431 E. S.C.-160 after a concerned citizen said the store was selling synthetic marijuana behind the counter, Brown said.
Agents sent an undercover officer into the store, who purchased a 1.5 gram package of synthetic marijuana from Nguyen. Brown said the packages were being sold for $15 and under the brand name Voodoo.
After the purchase, Nguyen was arrested. Officers searched the store and seized 10 packs of synthetic marijuana and $788.
South Carolina became the 38th state in the nation to ban bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Within the last couple of months, York County agents have arrested several people in the area for selling synthetic marijuana, Brown said, and began sending undercover officers to make illegal buys.
All previous stores turned us down, Brown said, except T&T Express.
Agents on Saturday conducted a series of undercover buys at convenience and grocery stores across the Fort Mill/Tega Cay area. A clerk from T&T Express was cited for selling alcohol to minors.