HCSO: Drugs worth $225K seized in raid


“Members of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested a
Buford man this week on several drug charges related to his store.
SIU investigators took Hirenkumar Patel, 43, into custody on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, after
executing a search warrant at the business of Discount Tobacco Depot in Gainesville. Patel is co-owner of the store located in a strip mall at 350 Shallowford Road. SIU began its investigation on
Sept. 8, after receiving a complaint about illegal drug sales at the business.
During Monday’s search, investigators seized approximately 2,100 vials of suspected synthetic
cannabinoid vaping liquid. The containers were packaged as Black Diamond hemp oil and marked to
sell for $80 to $120 per vial. Investigators also seized a quantity of the prescription drug sildenafil,
commonly known by the brand name Viagra. Patel had possession of approximately 60 tablets, cut
for individual sale from blister packs. Based on how the items were priced in the store, the
combined value of the drugs is approximately $225,000
Additionally, during the search, investigators seized approximately $12,000 cash and a handgun.
Investigators obtained arrest warrants charging Patel with possession of a Schedule 1 drug with
intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule 1 drug, both felonies. He is also charged with
possession of dangerous drugs, a misdemeanor. No one else faces charges in the case.”