Pair Charged in $775,000 Fake Pot Bust

Authorities say the drugs were found with "Scooby Snax" labels and were intended for kids

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    Rajendrakumar Patel (L) and Davendra Patel (R)

    Two men faced felony drug charges Tuesday after police said they seized nearly $500,000 worth of synthetic cannabis -- labeled as "Scooby Snax" -- from a warehouse on the city's northwest side.

    Davendra Patel, 61, of the 300 block of West Tuttle Drive in Bloomingdale; and Rajendrakumar Patel, 52, of the 4400 block of West Lawrence Avenue, were arrested Monday after police executed a search warrant on the property.

    Officials said they believe the synthetic drugs and the labels, depicting Scooby Doo, were intended to attract children. The total street value of the drugs and the labels was estimated at $775,000, police said.

    "This is yet another way in which our youth are being targeted by the people who drive the violence within our city," Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in the statement.

    Narcotics officers were alerted Friday to the 64-pound shipment of synthetic cannabis, officials said in a news release. During their search, police said they found the drugs, labels, scales and plastic bags to package and ship the cannabis, as well as cash.

    The men were each charged with two felony counts each of possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

    The seizure marks the first search warrant and prosecution in Cook County since a state law banning the sale of synthetic cannabis and products containing hallucinogenic substances became effective at the beginning of the year, the statement said.