POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 3:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 4:53pm
Nacogdoches County, Texas (KETK) — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office received a search warrant for K J's Convenience store at the 4700 block of South Street for the banned substance of synthetic marijuana.
Sheriff' Jason Bridges stated earlier this month that Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office had spoken to the owners of the store about the synthetic marijuana they were selling.
Deputies were asking at the time for a voluntary compliance of the law and the owners of the store at the time surrendered their synthetic marijuana to law enforcement stating that they understood the law.
Since the time that the Sheriff's Office received the information, the store began selling synthetic marijuana again. Investigators went to the store on Monday, September 23, 2013 and made two undercover purchases of the synthetic marijuana.
The Sheriff's Office had also purchased field test kits so they could check to see if the synthetic marijuana that is found is a package that contains banned compounds.
The synthetic marijuana that was purchased from the store tested positive for a banned substance.
The office then obtained a search warrant for the property and seized 252 packages of synthetic marijuana.
Deputies collected all the evidence and it will be sent to the DPS laboratory for further testing.
Upon the results of those tests, the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution.
The store owners are looking at charges for delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
The Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office also conducted another compliance check on South Street at Discount Liquor store.
Sheriff Investigators recovered 12 packages of synthetic marijuana that was being sold out of the store.
Sheriff Bridges stated that some merchants who are selling this product at running a big risk of being in violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code. All of these products are being marketed as not containing any banned substances, but the majority of the ones that were field tested were shown to be illegal.
Only a couple of the packages passed the field test kit for not containing any illegal substances.
Companies selling these illegal items are producing lab statements from an unknown source and are claiming their products do not contain any banned substances.
The Sheriff's Office will continue to conduct more compliance checks on synthetic marijuana for the rest of the week to help educate the area businesses of the law.
If any of the businesses continue to sell the banned substances, the Sheriff's Office will taken action.
Sheriff Bridges stated that they are trying to be very fair with the merchants selling these items. But at the end of the day, they are responsible for what they sell.
"We have a duty to enforce the law and protect our citizens. Although this synthetic marijuana is marketed as incense, we all know what the vast majority is doing with it. They are smoking this and we have seen it cause some serious side effects to our kids, not to mention even some deaths. We must all do our part to put a stop to this terrible drug and the impact that it is having on our youth," said Bridges.
Bridges continued to say that he encourages the stores to be a part of the solution to the problem.