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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany business owner remains in jail Monday night with no bond set following synthetic marijuana raids on three businesses he owns Friday.

Two of them are still open.

This is the second time Stephen Bradford's stores have been raided, and he has already been indicted twice for selling spice. Prosecutors and city leaders say, so far, there are no plans to discuss his business licenses.

Bio Buzz on North Slappey was open for business Monday. The clerk said she had been instructed not to talk to us. Genesis Emporium on South Slappey was closed and dark inside. The Wash House Laundromat was open for business. All three of the businesses were raided by the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Friday. All three are owned by 48 year old Stephen Bradford, and he was arrested during Friday's raid for selling spice.

Dougherty Senior Assistant District Attorney Norris Lewis said "There was material that tested positive for a scheduled one controlled substance found. As far as how much and what will be done with it, samples will be sent off to the GBI Crime Lab."

Also arrested was Bradford's co-owner of Genesis Emporium, 26 year old Sarah McClain. She has been released on bond. Investigators say undercover officers bought spice from the Genesis Emporium in recent months. Officials say they raided Bio Buzz, seizing its computers and paper work, because that was the business office for all three of the raided stores.

Lewis said "As far as the stores themselves, right now there are no plans to seize the buildings themselves or the stores inventory. As far as their business license, that's essentially up to the city commission."

The City Manager's office and City Attorney said today there are no plans to discuss those licenses. We reached out to Bradford's attorneys from his 2011 arrest, and they say they have no statement on these latest charges.

 

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