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Three South Salt Lake shop owners were charged with multiple counts of drug distribution offenses for allegedly using their business to sell a synthetic marijunana known as "spice" to minors.

The Utah Attorney General's Office charged the owners of ST Market, 2791 S. State St., on Friday. Prosecutors alleged that between July 1 and Sept. 4, the store sold spice, considered a controlled substance in the state of Utah, out of the store, which is near Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Spice is known as a cannabinoid, which can produce an effect similar to marijuana when ingested.

Investigators spoke to one minor who said he was sold a spice strain known as "Dank" on July 15. An undercover agent also was sold another version of the substance known as "Sky Horse."

Based on the evidence obtained by the Attorney General's SECURE Strike Force, agents served a search warrant on the market and found several strains of the substance. A store employee told investigators that one of the owners would buy spice out of California, Oregon and Washington and deliver it to the store for sale.

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