Monday, September 1, 2014 · 2:34 p.m.

Former owner of local business Alchemy Spice facing marijuana charges

Warren Stanko turned himself in Aug. 29

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A former owner of local business Alchemy Spice is facing drug charges, including possession of marijuana for resale and conspiracy to possess more than 10 pounds of marijuana, according to documents and the local Criminal Court clerk. 

Warren Stanko turned himself in to police Aug. 29, according to an affidavit of complaint. 

The Times Free Press and The Chattanoogan reported in 2009 that Stanko had become the business' new owner. 

He is no longer the owner of the company, which makes freshly ground gourmet spices and spice blends. The company's products are sold online and at area stores, according to the business' website

In April, Nooga.com wrote an article about a company associate named Shawn Roberts, who was working at the time to team up with the 2012 winner of Food Network's "Extreme Chef" to create a spice line.

Roberts is also facing drug charges, according to police reports. He and two other men, Nathan Kolb and George Baese, are also scheduled to be in court in October.

Roberts and Baese are facing charges of possession for resale of a controlled substance, according to the police report.

And the court clerk said that Kolb is facing the same charges as Stanko.

The charges stem from an incident in February. 

According to the police report, a postal inspector notified a detective with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 1 that there were three express mail packages he suspected of containing illegal narcotics. 

Authorities inspected the packages and then got a search warrant to investigate further. 

They found more than 10 pounds of marijuana in each of the three packages, which all came from a San Francisco address that turned out to be fake, according to the police report. 

Authorities delivered the three packages, and that's when they encountered Roberts and Kolb at two separate addresses, according to the report. 

Police encountered Baese at another residence, where they found him picking up one of the packages that had marijuana, also according to the report. 

Stanko and Kolb are set to be in court Oct. 30, a court clerk told Nooga.com. 

Roberts' and Baese's court date is Oct. 9, also according to a court clerk. 

Updated @ 3:13 p.m. on 9/12/13 to correct a typographical error.
Updated @ 3:53 p.m. on 9/12/13 to add more information.

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