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Rochelle businessman pleads not guilty following drug arrest

A Rochelle man pled not guilty in Ogle County court Thursday following a drug bust at a local business on June 28th.

The incident took place at the Clark Gas Station at the intersection of Illinois 251 North and Carrie Avenue.

34-year old Aadi Patel was arrested on the Class 2 felony offense of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. Police seized synthetic cannabinoid at the business. The drug is known on the streets as K2, Spice, along with "over the top" and black mamba. The street value is believed to be over $10,000 that was confiscated by police.

Authorities also seized $5,000 in cash at the business.

Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby said that they had received numerous complaints of drugs being sold from the gas station.

Synthetic cannabinoid is often sold as plant food, herbel incense, or even smoking blends.

In court yesterday, Patel waived his preliminary hearing and demanded a jury trial. He returns to court on October 15th in Oregon for a pre-trial conference.

Patel is out of jail following the posting of 10% of a $30,000 bond.

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