- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - Police say a convenience store clerk has been arrested on hundreds of drug counts after two students overdosed at Denham Springs High School.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1P0FlIi) 36-year-old Essam Farhat faces 229 counts of drug distribution.

Denham Springs police Detective Glenn Lemoine says two students were hospitalized on Dec. 15 after smoking a liquid substance known as “Juicy,” an illegal synthetic cannabinoid ingested using a vaporizer.

Police say the students told investigators they purchased the drugs from the Magnolia Express.

Detective Steven Lovett says Farhat, the owner, allegedly sold the drugs through his store, hiding the purchases by ringing up newspapers for $50 to $80.

Farhat was released Thursday on an $85,000 bond.

Online jail records do not list an attorney for him.


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

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