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Man arrested during city council meeting

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DOUGLASVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

At Monday's city council meeting, the mayor and council voted unanimously to revoke the business licenses of two stores, and Douglas County sheriff's deputies took one of the store owners into custody.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office said Derek Britt was arrested on warrants connected to synthetic marijuana.

Investigators said Britt is the owner of Hell Yeah Novelties on Thornton Road in Lithia Springs. Britt sat through Monday's city council meeting, but was arrested following the council's decision to revoke  the business license of Hell Yeah Novelties.

Another store, Elite Adult on Douglas Boulevard in Douglasville, also had its business license revoked.

In August, agents raided both stores during a raid targeting businesses they believed were selling synthetic marijuana. Investigators said Elite Adult owner Ricky Awtrey was arrested on charges of selling synthetic marijuana. Awtrey remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail on charges of racketeering.

"It is very dangerous. We have lost young people here locally because of this illegal drug," Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack said. "I am thankful that the mayor and council stood up tonight and made a tough decision, but they took a stand to keep our community safe."

According to investigators, this is the first time a city has revoked a business license for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana.

Lance Dyer attended Monday's meeting, and said this is a big win for his son, Dakota. The 14-year-old died in March of 2012 after he smoked synthetic marijuana and committed suicide. Dyer has dedicated his life to eradicating synthetic marijuana. As Dyer watched deputies take Britt into custody during the meeting, he said he was grateful the city of Douglasville took steps in their community to fight the war on synthetic drugs.

"The father in me wants to say it was a pleasureable experience," Dyer said. "We call people, like Mr. Britt 'merchants of death' and 'narco terrorists' because they are selling a narcotic and it does nothing but destroy families."

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