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September 11. 2013 1:03PM

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WEST PITTSTON — Owners of an Exeter smoke shop were arraigned today on charges they were selling synthetic marijuana as much as $5,000 in sales per day, according to arrest papers.

The state Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation allege Sharleen Palaima, 62, and her husband, Alfonse Richard Palaima, 64, of Division Street, Pittston, sold synthetic marijuana from their business, Magikal Garden, on Wyoming Avenue from March 2012 through the end of July 2012.

The business was one of several retail smoke stores in the area that were raided by agents with the attorney general’s office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state police on July 26, 2012.

An employee at Magikal Garden allegedly told authorities that the store sold on a good day up to $5,000 worth of synthetic marijuana per day, according to arrest papers.

Agents seized the Palaima’s bank account records learning checks were drafted to Liberty Herbal, Liberty Enterprises and AK Distributing to purchase the supply of synthetic marijuana sold at Magikal Garden, arrest papers say.

Sharleen Palaima is listed as the president of Magikal Garden. She was charged with corrupt organizations, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and three counts of criminal conspiracy.

Alfonse Palaima was charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy and a single count of corrupt organizations.

They were arraigned by District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston and both released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

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