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Garland mom, son accused of selling illegal drugs at businesses

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GARLAND, Texas -

Garland police say a mother and her son were arrested recently, accused of selling illegal drugs out of two legal businesses they own.

Anaselma Betancourt and her son, Fermin Betancourt, were charged with delivery of the manufactured marijuana police say they bought from both.

Undercover officers bought synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, at a grocery store and a soccer supply store owned by the Betancourts.

"We got a tip that they were selling the K2, and that's what led to this," said Officer Joe Harn with the Garland Police Department.

Police say some of the K2 that was confiscated is known on the streets as King Kong.

"Which is supposed to be a little bit stronger, and actually we had a death occur last fall where a young man overdosed on what we were told -- he had smoked King Kong," said Harn.

But inside one of the stores, officers say they found a whole lot more – prescription-only drugs being sold.

"It looks like they are coming from Mexico or South America," he said.

"Now, these are not drugs for their own use; they are selling these?" asked FOX 4's Shaun Rabb.

"No, these are all boxed they are ready to sell," said Harn.

While it might be commonplace to be able to get prescription medicine of any kind inside a store in Mexico, on this side of the border, it's illegal.

Emergency room doctor Robert Simonson says prescription-only drugs that aren't sold appropriately have potentially dangerous side effects.

"They get very, very sick," said Simonson. "People with allergic reactions, people who get a super infection because of the wrong antibiotics. So of anything that bothers me the most, it's gonna be long term problems with antibiotics that are not sold appropriately. That's bad news."

The TABC is involved because allegedly in the store, you could also buy hard liquor. Police say the store's alcohol permit was for beer and wine only.

The district attorney is mulling over what charge the mother and son could face on the prescription drugs, and Garland police say they are being evicted from the strip shopping center where they're located.

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