Business’ license revoked

Kerry Gilstrap/Courier

Easley city council voted unanimously Monday night to revoke the business license of Sky’s Tha Limit, one of several Upstate businesses busted recently for allegedly selling synthetic drugs.

Sky’s Tha Limit involved in massive synthetic drug raid


By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

EASLEY — An Easley business at the center of a multi-county drug raid two weeks ago has had its business license revoked by city council.

City council voted unanimously at its meeting Monday night to revoke the license of Sky’s Tha Limit, located on U.S. Highway 123.

According to officials, police had been investigating the business since it opened in 2007. In October of that year, Easley police made the business owners aware of South Carolina laws concerning the sale of synthetic marijuana.

On May 2 at the Easley Law Enforcement Center, officials from 10 different agencies announced the culmination of a yearlong investigation into sales of synthetic drugs at several Upstate stores. The investigation, which began at Sky’s Tha Limit, according to Easley Police Chief Danny Traber, resulted in multiple arrests and the seizure of hundreds of pounds of synthetic drugs, as well as around $2.7 million in cash and frozen bank accounts, guns and vehicles.

According to officials, customers had been arrested for purchasing synthetic marijuana from the store in the past as well.

Officials said a family member wanted to continue the business with a license for body piercing, but was unsuccessful.

Council member Brian Garrison motioned that the business’ license be suspended. Council member Chris Mann seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

In other business, council also passed first reading of the 2014-15 city budget. A public hearing on the budget will be held at next month’s city council meeting.

In addition, council approved entering into a contract with Crossties of Ocala (Fla.) for the pick-up, removal and disposal of railroad crossties along the proposed Doodle Line corridor for $80,100. Easley will be responsible for $40,050 of the contract, while the city of Pickens will be responsible for the rest.

The company will sell the best ties to a lumber company and then dispose of the rest.

Council also voted to rezone approximately 1.05 acres on Dayton School road from neighborhood commercial to general residential 2. The property was identified as being a vacant lot across from K-Mart.

Council also voted to recognize May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.