St. Landry authorities say store sold synthetic marijuana

St. Landry Parish narcotics agents arrested a convenience store owner and a store employee Tuesday accused of selling illegal synthetic marijuana to undercover agents, authorities said.

“After receiving several anonymous tips regarding Singh’s Quick Stop selling synthetic marijuana to costumers, agents were able to make several purchases from behind the counter,” Sheriff’s Capt. Megan Vizena said. “This evidence allowed us to obtain an arrest warrant for the owner and cashier of the store.”

Sheriff’s agents worked with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on the investigation.

Store owner Beant Singh, 53, and cashier Daphane Lavergne, 38, were arrested. Singh was booked on counts of distribution and principal to distribution of schedule I controlled dangerous substances. Lavergne was booked on counts of distribution of schedule I narcotics.

With brand names such as Scooby Snacks, Mr. Happy and Joker, makers of the dangerous synthetic marijuana appear to be targeting children, she said.

“Commonly marketed as potpourri, incense or bath salts and packaged in colorful bags, synthetic marijuana is frequently sold in convenience stores,” Vizena said.

Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said store owners who continue to “sell this trash will be arrested.”

Singh’s Quick stop is located at 547 Country Ridge Road in Opelousas.