It's not quite certain what kind of day Sikander Olympia was having as he arrived in Lebanon to sell synthetic drugs. But by noon, it is pretty much guaranteed he was having a bad day.
Olympia, 55, of Dallas was arrested pending charges of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance – synthetic drugs. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department took Olympia into custody. Undersheriff Donny Raley said the undercover drug purchase was made at 11:45 a.m. in Lebanon. The department confiscated seven different types of synthetic drugs that weighed over 10 pounds and has a street value of $40,000. Deputies David Jones and Steve Beebe spearheaded the investigation.
"Lebanon is a target area for us right now," Raley said. "We are getting reports of other areas in the county where this is a concern."
Raley said the investigation stemmed from an earlier investigation in which Parvinder Dhaliwal, 50, Frisco, Texas was arrested on synthetic drug charges in Lebanon. Dhaliwal is facing charges of distribution of controlled substance and unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute.
Raley said Olympia is one of the largest suppliers of synthetic drugs in the area. Raley also added he was hopeful the FBI and DEA would become involved in the case.
Jones noted synthetics drugs are a problem in the county because they are accessible to young adults and teenagers.
"In most of our burglary arrests, the suspects have this on them," Jones said. "They tell me it is not like marijuana. Once you smoke it, you are hooked. It is more like methamphetamine. We have contacted rehabs and they are seeing an increase in synthetic drugs."
Jones also said at a conference he attended in July, it was reported the synthetic drugs are being produced in Mexico and China.
The packages entering Marshall County are believed to come from somewhere in Texas, where it is delivered in bulk and being packaged.
There were 970 packages confiscated during the bust with differing amounts of grams. Jones said during a controlled buy in June, a 3-gram package of Bob Marley was purchased for $20.
"This investigation is not closed by any stretch," Raley said. "We hope this makes a statement that we are not going to stop."