MURRAY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – ABC 4 is learning more information Friday night about the big spice bust Thursday next to Cottonwood High School. Reporter Brian Carlson has been tracking drug deals going on there for months. In an exclusive interview with the owner of the store, he told ABC 4 he didn't sell the drug to kids, but police said he did.
The owner of the Sunburst gas station at 1300 E. 5600 S. in Murray may swear he didn't sell drugs to students. But Cottonwood high school is literally right next door. Police said kids go in there all the time and ABC 4 has video showing how easy it can be to buy illegal drugs from that store.
If you look at undercover video ABC 4 obtained from a drug addict back in March, you can see how a store clerk was selling illegal drugs under the counter.
"I kept gravitating to that store all the time," said the drug addict.
The recovering spice addict wasn’t surprised when police raided the store and found 12,000 tablets of ephedrine (a key ingredient for meth) and 300 jars of spice.
"I've had those guys tell me I was their best customer easily. $12,000 a year," said the addict.
The owner denies his staff ever sold it to students next door at Cottonwood High.
"We do not sell to any of the high school kids, they have to be old enough, 19 and older to buy," said the store owner, who did not want to be identified.
But police believe he did.
"We had some tips that this was going on," said Det. Jeff Maglish, Murray Police Dept.
The ABC 4 video shows how easy it is. Our addict simply states how much he wants –
"A gram and a half, a gram and a half," the addict said to the store clerk in the video.
If you watch closely, no questions asked, you can see as the clerk reaches under the counter, then carefully places the spice next to two Pepsi bottles and rings him up.
The addict said it could've been anyone.
"They kept it behind the counter but I don't think that would stop them from selling it to a teenage kid," the addict said.
As ABC 4 spoke with police Friday afternoon they said still no arrests have been made, but the people accused of selling drugs there will be facing both state and federal charges with a possibility of five years to life in prison.