A Tiffin man has been sentenced to three years in prison for selling synthetic drugs out of his Market Street store.
37-year-old Shawn Stagnolia pleaded guilty in March to charges of aggravated possession of drugs, permitting drug abuse, distribution of tobacco products with intent to avoid payment of tax, possession of untaxed tobacco products, and failure to file a withholding return.
"Synthetic drugs are poison, and this individual knew full well that what he was selling was a dangerous, illegal product," said Attorney General DeWine. "Today's sentencing proves that we will prosecute those who sell these unpredictable chemical compounds to Ohioans."
Authorities charged Stagnolia after they discovered he was selling drugs under the name "Shpark in the Dark" and "Atomic" from his Tiffin store, Zig Stag. He also illegally sold tobacco products to customers without charging tax.
"This drug trafficking store operated under the guise of legality, and it is important for everyone to know that the drugs coming from that store and others like it are just as dangerous as illegal drugs purchased on the street," said Seneca County Prosecutor DeVine. "Seneca County appreciates the assistance from the Attorney General's Office, BCI, and other law enforcement agencies in gathering the evidence necessary to close this illegal operation for good in Tiffin."