GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – A South Carolina business owner and his wife were arrested on Wednesday after deputies seized 400 marijuana edibles and nearly $160,000.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said its narcotic’s team executed two search warrants in Gaffney — one at Carousel Music, W. Floyd Baker Boulevard, and one at the owner’s residence in the 600 block of Grassy Pond Road.
Steven David Petty, 50, and Sirena Petty, 47, have been charged with trafficking marijuana of 10 pounds but less than 100 pounds, and distribution of marijuana. They were taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center.
Deputies seized more than 400 individual packages of marijuana edibles and THC vape cartridges from the business, along with $159,898.95, two sets of digital scales, several packages containing a green, leafy plant material, a cashing count machine, a coin-sorting machine and two record books at the home.
According to the sheriff’s office, undercover police officers were sent to Carousel Music numerous times over the past six months to buy products from the store. Deputies said the items purchased were sent off for testing and lab results showed that the products being sold were marijuana, even though they were labeled as less than .03% of THC.
The sheriff’s office said narcotics officers recovered evidence that the owner was buying empty bags and then placing his own marijuana in the bags and putting homemade labels on the packages to indicate that they contained less than .03% of THC.