Convenience store drug raid

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

SHERMAN, TX -- The Grayson County Sheriff's office began investigating Joe's Friendly Mart after getting a tip from the Texas Comptroller's Office about a shipment of un-taxed tobacco products. Investigators found not only illegal tobacco, but K-2 with an estimated street value of $80,000.

A business owner near Joe's Friendly Mart says the convenience store has a lot of customers.

"He had a booming business right there," said customer Greg Roberts

But not today.
The convenience store was closed Tuesday, after the Grayson County Sheriff's office and Texas Comptroller's office raided the store and found more than $100,000 worth of illegal product and cash.

The store's owner, Joe K. Mathew was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, but posted $75,000 bond Tuesday.

About $17,000 in cash, seven truck loads of un-taxed tobacco product, and K-2 with an estimated street value of over $80,000 was seized by officials.

"I have seen on numerous occasions of especially probably mid to early twenties people coming in and buying packets of K-2. I have seen that," said Roberts.

It's the K-2 that bothers the Sheriff's office.

"What's concerning us is that it's been determined that this K-2, this synthetic ingredient, is much more addictive than the real marijuana," said Sheriff Keith Gary.

And the K-2 is sold in bright packaging, disguising the dangerous substance inside. That is why investigators urge parents to be aware of what their kids are bringing home.

"It's a serious thing and we're going to have to pay more attention to it. The thing that we've learned in the past is, about the time you get a grip on one type of drug, then of course, it shifts and goes to some other type. I mean people in this business are very innovative," said Sheriff Gary.

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  • by Jason J Location: Sherman on Jul 7, 2012 at 06:16 PM
    Need to lay off the Sheriff. He is a good man. A man that actually cares. I know him personally. He was my Probation Officer many years ago. Politics are politics, but the unfounded allegations are a little much. I assume if you are into illegal activities nobody is a fan of the sheriff. But please dont throw unfounded allegations out there. Present facts. Typical Liberal rhetoric. Out of line, and out of touch. God forbid someone breaking the law gets caught. If you want it legalized, work on doing something about it or better yet, move to CA. Fit right in...
  • by here Location: gone on Jul 5, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    The answer to why was Sherman PD not there since it was in Sherman, the answer is well they would probably have just wrote it off and told the store owner NO NO Just like the wrote off my son when he was hit and took cops 2 years to bring the guy down even after my son ran into him and called the good ole sherman pd and told him the guy has a warrent come get him and he was told to call the one over his case REALLY NO SHERMAN WAS BROUGHT INTO IT HELL THEY PROBABLY BY THE K2
  • by Losers on Jun 25, 2012 at 02:39 PM
    All you pot heads are losers, you so dumb to do the synthetic stuff, but you werent very bright smoking the maryjane, so i guess if k2 kills some folks we can call it thinning the herd.
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      by Biffco on Jun 26, 2012 at 04:41 PM in reply to Losers
      Potheads may have issues, but at least we don't advocate death for those we disagree with. Judge much?
  • by sharon Location: ardmore on Jun 25, 2012 at 01:17 AM
    i know this will do no good,but...ardmore pd,please,please do something about the c-store on 12th and washington,u know the one, gang hang out,parking lot meetings,not american owned,they could care less what goes on,just making the $$$$$,had to try.....
  • by Me Location: Here on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM
    seriously, havin been a k2 smoker myself, I NEVER had any overdose issues or hallucinations.... nor did my husband, or my brother or my stepdad.... how long have they been smoking it do you ask??? 2 yrs... daily.... even 3x's or more daily.... are they still sane? yes. healthy? yes. alive? yes. have they ever had symptoms or episodes or went crazy off it? no. we like k2, 7h, bob marley... all of them... but you know who we love? MARYJANE!!! so if don't want us smoking the other then make like Cali & Coloado & legalize what the GREAT MAN above put on Earth for us all.... Good ole MARYJANE!!!!!
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      by Dave's not here on Jun 25, 2012 at 02:58 PM in reply to Me
      Thanks for that insite there Tommy Chong. The licenses is on the back of the car isn't it? mellow.......meeellloowwww.........BO!
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      by Biffco on Jun 26, 2012 at 06:56 AM in reply to Me
      can I have a bite of your hot dog?
  • by Larry jones Location: sherman, Tx on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    Wow these people should all be brought to justice. They should get the highest penalty as possible. For all the young children's lifes. Shame on you Joe!
  • by jennifer rich Location: sherman on Jun 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    To me what happened here should be leasson to all other store owners around and nationwide. am a mother of 2 young boys i will never want to have a store around my neighbourhood where my childrens will get influnced by who ever got them before the law i thank them all
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      by I'm a redneck on Jun 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM in reply to jennifer rich
      Let's hope they do better in English class than you.....whooo
  • by alan Location: sherman on Jun 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    This is crazy. I think the manufacturer should be caught not the store owner. The make the product and mark it as not for human consumption or legal in 50 states. He was just trying to make a living.
  • by jason Location: sherman on Jun 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
    ok i have to know, where did they get 7 truck loads of this stuff to begin with? i rather think it was not big semi trucks cause how would they store that much stuff and where did they get that much money to buy 7 truck loads to begin with? but dont worry the store was back open the day after as was the one in marshall county ok. they busted it also for the same stuff just not as much but they opened it back up also. they also busted the grocery store in sherwood shores, texas for the same thing. these people are so stupid to do this stuff they are just making the dealers richer by the minute. good job to all the law enforcement that was involved in theses raids. i hope they get them all.
  • by Jack Location: Fannin on Jun 20, 2012 at 07:49 PM
    Pot does kill!!! Lose the ignorance, and quit assuming. Pot does seriously slow down your judggment making ability and your reaction time. No it does not affect you in the same way as being drunk, But it does alter your abilities. Time to grow up people! Quit making excuses. If you want to argue a point, research it and present facts. Not Ignorance.
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      by concerned citizen on Jun 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM in reply to Jack
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