By PETER HUSSMANN
The pretrial conferences for the two local convenience store owners charged with selling synthetic marijuana have been pushed back to late August, the fourth time the hearings have been reset.
Jaswant Singh, operator of the Petro Stop in Newton, and Jarnail Manhani, operator of the Kellogg Country Store, were charged in late January with four counts of conspiracy to manufacture, deliver and/or possess with intent to deliver synthetic marijuana following a drug sting operation conducted by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) Drug Task Force late last year.
Judge Thomas Mott on Wednesday granted a continuance for the hearings until Aug. 29. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.