The Smoke 911 Shop on Highway 92 was one of the four shops raided. Others were located in Roswell, Acworth and Sandy Springs.
Federal agents executed search warrants for the four shops as well as the Marietta residence of Michael T. Madlem, who owns the stores, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia.
Authorities also seized Madlem’s bank account as well as the accounts of Serena P. Burkard and Mad Dog USA Enterprises, LLC, according to the release.
The search was to seek information relating to synthetic marijuana and so-called bath salts, which are synthetic drugs sold in the form of powder and pills that gives users the effects similar to that of methamphetamine, ecstasy and cocaine.
No arrests were made in the execution of the warrants.
The drugs typically sell for around $60 to $100 per gram, agents said.
The investigation into the shops is being conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, or ICE HSI.
Local authorities assisting with the investigation include the Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna Narcotics Unit, the Roswell Police Department Special Investigations Unit, the Sandy Springs Police Department Special Investigations Unit, the Cherokee County Multi-agency Narcotics Squad, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
‘I’m glad this action has occurred. We have been working very aggressively to put this type of business out of business in Cherokee County and hope these actions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office will stop these storefronts from distributing this highly addictive and deadly substance,” Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison said.
The shop was raided back in June by Cherokee drug agents, and more than 2,200 packages of synthetic marijuana were pulled from the shelves at Smoke 911, authorities said.
A few days later, the smoke shop was raided once again by local drug agents.