POSTED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 1:08pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 1:11pm
Nacogdoches, Texas (KETK) — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has confiscated several pounds of synthetic marijuana known as K-2, that was surrendered by two area stores.
Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that he had received several complainants about two local stores selling synthetic K-2.
On September 1, 2011, the 82nd Legislature enacted the first laws against synthetic marijuana, classifying the drug in the Texas Health and Safety Code.
There were several key compounds in the drug that were made illegal. Since that time, manufactures of the drug have attempted to skirt the system and are continually changing the compounds in the drug to bypass the law.
This has made enforcing the law very difficult for area law enforcement.
Bridges says they are seeing this drug more and more on the streets and it is becoming increasingly popular with the youth. Right now, when officials come across the drug, all they can do is seize it and send it off to the lab for testing.
Law enforcement has to wait for several months for the results of lab test results to see if the drug contains illegal compounds. If the results from the laboratory test are positive, warrants are obtained.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office is seeking voluntarily compliance from stores selling K-2.
Bridges does not believe businesses who are selling the product are informed of the legal consequences of what can occur if the product contains banned compounds.
Store owners are taking a very big chance on the merchandise they are selling from reputable manufactures.
Selling just four grams or one package of the material is a first degree felony and consequences can be very serious.
There are also health and safety issues the drug presents to the general public.
Sheriff Bridges says the K-2 will be sent to the DPS lab for testing and about 20 different name brands of the drug are being sold in Nacogdoches.
Bridges will also use the results of those test to encourage law makers to ban the other substances that are currently getting around the law by using different compounds.
Officials encourage the community to speak with their children about the harmful side effects of K-2.