- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - St. Mary Parish narcotics agents arrested a Franklin man suspected of manufacturing synthetic marijuana in his Franklin home and selling the man-made cannabis at his aromatherapy store in Lafayette.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Traci Landry said in a new release received by The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1jX4IHe ) the investigation into Mark Ruffin Sr., 40, is a joint effort of St. Mary detectives and the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Division.

Ruffin was booked Wednesday on several counts, including drug manufacturing and distribution and illegal firearms possession.

On Monday, detectives with the St. Mary Sheriff’s Office searched Ruffin’s home while Lafayette detectives searched his business, Olabisi Aromas LLC.

Landry says detectives searching Ruffin’s home in Franklin discovered a “synthetic cannabinoid manufacturing operation.”

Ruffin turned himself in to St. Mary Parish authorities on Wednesday. He is being held in the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville where bond was set at $305,000, Landry said.

Landry said Ruffin also faces charges in Lafayette Parish.

It was unclear whether Ruffin has an attorney.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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