South Jersey store owners illegally sold marijuana, prosecutors say

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Authorities raided a Burlington County store allegedly selling illegal marijuana and arrested five people, officials said Wednesday.

Investigators seized nearly $250,000 in cash and more than 100 pounds of marijuana in an illegal operation that used a storefront at a strip mall on Route 38 in Lumberton Township, the Burlington County prosecutor said, Scott Coffina, in a press release.

Authorities also seized 48 packs of heroin and more than a pound of psychedelic mushrooms, Coffina said.

The store, doing business as Skraptyques, is on the 1600 block of Route 38. Other businesses along the mall include a pizzeria and a children’s dance studio.

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The bust comes just weeks before recreational marijuana is legally available for sale in New Jersey.

“This operation was not a licensed cannabis dispensary like those currently approved by the state,” Coffina said in a statement.

The legalized cannabis retail market approach will still not allow for uncontrolled and, frankly, dangerous operations such as these, and we will continue our enforcement efforts to keep Burlington County residents, especially our kids,” Coffina said.

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Five people were arrested after a four-week investigation that ended in late March, Coffina said.

Mathew Quinn, 44, and Crystal Cain, 30, both of Mount Holly, have been identified as the owners of the business. They were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute a controlled hazardous substance, possession with intent to distribute psilocybin mushrooms and a related offence. Cain was also charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Three employees have been charged with related offences, including one for carrying a firearm during his arrest.

Quinn, Cain and the employees were released after appearing in Mount Holly Superior Court, Coffina said.

Neither Quinn nor Cain could be reached for comment.

The drugs and currency were seized after search warrants were executed at the store, a residence shared by Quinn and Cain, a self-storage facility in Mount Laurel and four vehicles, Coffina said.

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