Charges Filed Against Grind Owner
Todd Pittenger - Tue 10:24 AM 02/22/2011
A Salina man whose business was raided by police last Thursday, appeared in court Tuesday morning to hear charges read against him.
Eric Srack, owner of the Grind, appeared in Saline County District Court before Judge Renee Young. The Judge said that Srack is charged with three counts of selling, delivering, or distributing compound JWH-081, an analog of JWH-018.
Salina Police say that JWH-081 is a synthetic form of the chemical Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in marijuana.
Young said that each count carries a penalty of up to 51 months in jail and fine of up to $300,000.
The Grind has gained notoriety for selling a product labeled as "potpourri", which is not potpourri at all. It is instead a manufactured substance which teens have been smoking.
There have been numerous cases of those who ingest it getting sick, or having other ill-effects.
Since the raid on Thursday, groups of people have showed up at the store on West Ash Street to demonstrate both against, and for the business, which has been closed since the raid. A group of supporters has started a fund drive to help the business open again.
Judge Young scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for March 9th at 1:30 in the afternoon.