Prescott store owner wanted for selling synthetic drugs

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Steve Wells By Andrew Michalscheck Steve Wells By Andrew Michalscheck

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Authorities in Yavapai County are searching for a convenience store owner accused of violating a court injunction by selling synthetic drugs.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Steve Wells kept his business, Island Store, stocked with a large inventory of Spice which was routinely sold to customers.

In September, a Yavapai County Superior Court judge extended the ban on the sale of synthetic drugs by all retailers in the area.

Detectives with the Prescott Police Department and Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking learned that Wells’ store was ignoring the ban and selling Spice and related items on a regular basis.

Authorities said during the last week of October undercover officers witnessed customers purchasing Spice at Island Store on four separate occasions. Wells was on hand for one of the purchases.

Detectives also discovered that Wells routinely stocked his shelves with Spice in order to keep pace with demand.

Authorities were eventually able to obtain a search warrant, and on November 8 investigators searched Island Store and Wells’ home.

Wells, 56, was not at either location, but authorities did find more than 700 packages of Spice during their searches.

Detectives also learned that Wells had purchased more than $65,000 worth of synthetic drugs since the first court injunction in August. Wells would reportedly mark up the price of his product by an average of 150 percent.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Wells, with his bond set at $150,000. He is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.

Anyone with any information about Wells’ whereabouts is asked to call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260, Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking at 928-778-0558, or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

If your tip leads to an arrest Silent Witness will offer a reward.