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Police: Search turns up synthetic drugs

One man jailed, arrests pending in gas station bust

ROCHELLE – Rochelle police and Ogle County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 34-year-old Friday after finding more than $10,000 worth of synthetic marijuana and $5,000 in cash in a search of a gas station and convenience store.

Aadi Patel, 34, of Rochelle, was arrested at the Clark station, 1180 N. Seventh St., after a search at 8:30 a.m. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, Rochelle police said in a news release.

He was in Ogle County Jail Friday; no bond had yet been set. He faces 3 to 7 years if convicted.

No further information on Patel, including whether he is the station owner or an employee, was available Friday because the detective in charge was gone until Tuesday and his report had not yet been written.

More arrests are pending, the release said.

Detectives found synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as K2, Spice, Mr. Happy, Over The Top, Funky Monkey, Kryp2nite and Black Mamba, to name a few. The substances, made by spraying synthetic chemicals on natural herbs, dried leaves, or other such plant material, often are used as plant food, herbal incense or herbal smoking blends, the release said.

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