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Convenience store clerk accused of selling synthetic drugs

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Pinellas County deputies have arrested a convenience store clerk and charged with him selling synthetic drugs.

They say it is the first arrest in Pinellas under an emergency order banning the substances.

Investigators say the clerk, 40-year-old Nadeem Malik, sold the drug to undercover officers twice in January at a store in St. Pete Beach.

They sent the substance to be tested and they say it was identified as "XLR11."

Deputies say when he was arrested, Malik turned over four large ziplock bags and dozens of small cannisters with various versions of synthetic drugs in them.

They say Malik told them he sold the substances under the direction of the store owner.

The Pinellas Sheriff's Office did not identify the owner or say whether that person had been arrested.

Malik was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

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