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      Rome cracks down on synthetic drug possession

      Tebbs Head Shop

      Police charged store clerks at two separate head shops in Rome on Monday for allegedly selling synthetic drugs.

      Police in Rome say they went to Tebbs Head shop on East Dominick Street to conduct a premises check. While in the store, they saw synthetic drugs for sale that violated the city??s synthetic drug ordinance.

      Police charged the store??s clerk, 30-year-old Ian Clapps, with one count of possession of synthetic drugs and one count of sale of a synthetic drug and issued him an appearance ticket returnable to Rome City Court.

      Police in plain clothes also went to the Exit 420 Store on North James Street to conduct a premises check.

      The officer asked the store clerk if she had any synthetic drugs for sale. The clerk, 18-year-old Nicole Dunlap, retrieved a substance from a drawer and offered to sell it to the officer. The substance violated the city??s synthetic drug ordinance.

      Dunlap was charged with one count each of possession of synthetic drugs and sale of synthetic drugs and was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Rome City Court.

      Police seized a total of 123 individual packages of synthetic drugs from the Exit 420 store.

      This is the second synthetic drug charge at the Exit 420 Store since April 13.

      Muhammad Ali, 22, was charged with possession of synthetic drugs and sale of synthetic drugs on April 14 at the Exit 420 Store in Rome. That same day, police charged the owner of Country Farms store, 39-year-old Vipul Patel, with one count of possession of synthetic drugs.