Store owner ordered to pay $160,000 for selling synthetic drugs

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Orlando Martinez

DENVER — Two years ago, investigative reporter Heidi Hemmat uncovered a local store selling synthetic drugs known as “spice.”

On Monday, the owner of the shop was ordered to pay a $160,000 fine.

The Colorado Attorney General ordered Orlando Martinez to pay the fine, the largest civil fine against a store owner accused of selling spice in Colorado.

FOX31 Denver went undercover to O’s Pipes and Tobacco to see how easy it was to buy the drug over the counter.

Soon after, the Denver Police Department began to investigate.

Martinez was charged with possession with intent to distribute.

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