POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 10:46am
Longview, Tx (KETK) — Former Longview Mayor Murray Moore served eviction papers to tenant Keith Heydal last month, but he says Heydal is still using the rental home to sell synthetic marijuana.
The buzz around synthetic marijuana continues to grow louder, but East Texas authorities are cracking down on the sale of this dangerous drug.
Former Longview Mayor Murray Moore says when he began renting one of his homes to Keith Heydal last month, he had no idea his new tenant planned to use the rental to sell synthetic marijuana.
"I feel cheated, we would have never allowed this..if he had wanted to lease this as a business we wouldv'e had to do a lot more work..of course his rent would have been higher."
Moore says shortly after Heydal moved in, he put out a sign that read "Scooby Snacks", a street name for synthetic marijuana. By operating a business illegally, Moore says Heydal broke numerous city ordinances.
Moore and his business partners issued an eviction notice to the unwanted tenant last month, but he's still there.
" He's still living here..he's still selling..it's been a cat and mouse game."
Attempts to reach Heydal have been unsuccessful, including showing up at the residence. But, clues that a business is still being run have been left behind, including a service window.
Moore says Heydal built the service window so he could inconspicuously slide synthetic marijuana over to his customers.
Many customers didn't want to be shown on camera Tuesday morning, but it's clear, Heydal's still in business, but he's flying under the radar.
An eviction hearing has been set for Friday, April 4.