Synthetic pot is a blend of dried herbs and chemical cannabanoid additives. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file)

Aurora convenience store accused of selling synthetic marijuana

The owners and operators of Paymon’s Mini Market in Aurora were accused by the Colorado attorney general on Tuesday of selling synthetic marijuana, known as “spice,” which is illegal in Colorado.

The complaint accuses the owners, father and son Rahmatollah Ghamari and Paymon Ghamari, of selling spice with deceptive labeling that failed to warn that the contents were dangerous and illegal.

Paymon Ghamari, 28, had no comment when contacted by The Denver Post, other than to say he and his father had retained an attorney.

The state also sued Paymon’s Market Inc., doing business as Paymon’s Mini Market. The store is at 1124 Yosemite St.

The primary investigation of the store was carried out by the Aurora Police Department and the Colorado Department of Revenue in July.

Last July, investigators from the Department of Revenue allegedly bought three spice products from Rahmatollah Ghamari, 61. After the undercover agents left the premises, other DOR investigators entered the market and seized 1,181 spice products labeled as Crazy Monkey, Mad Monkey, Sexy Monkey and iBrown, as well as unlabeled products, according to the lawsuit.

Authorities said the packaging for Crazy Monkey, Sexy Monkey and Mad Monkey contained misleading statements such as “no banned chemicals,” “It’s legal,” “100% Cannabinoid Free” and “DEA Compliant.”

The lawsuit said the Colorado Bureau of Investigation analyzed five samples of the spice products and all allegedly contained illegal synthetic cannabinoids.

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