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Three 420 Emporium Employees were arrested in connection with several synthetic drug raids that happened across Western New York Wednesday.

U.S Attorney William Hochul at State Police headquarters in Batavia Wednesday night to announce the arrest of 37-year old Joshua Denise of Batavia, 30-year old Michelle Condidorio of LeRoy and 22-year old Austin Szczur of Rochester.

They have been charged with suspicion of possessing with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance analogue.

Condidorio and Denise are acussed of selling synthetic drugs to undercover officers in Batavia. Szczur allegedly sold synthetic drugs at the head-shops Rochester location.

Hochul said the sale of synthetic marijuana and bath salts have reached near epidemic levels.

“These synthetic substances I’ve described before as Russian roulette, because the short term consequences of the use of synthetic drugs is so unpredictable and frankly so dangerous. The short term effects include convulsions, paranoia, ramped heart rate and in some cases very, very serious seizures,” said Hochul.

If convicted the three face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison or a $1-million fine, or both.

Hochul said during a raid in the Buffalo area law enforcment seized more than 300,000 packets of synthetic drugs and large amounts of currency from a wholesaler.

It is not confirmed whether the Buffalo wholesaler sold to any of the 420 Emporium locations in Batavia, Henrietta, Brockport, Fulton or Syracuse.

He said overall this was the largest seizure of synthetic drugs in Western New York history. 

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