Drug raid inside store at Ashtabula mallPosted: Updated:
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that authorities in Ashtabula and Seneca counties executed search warrants at area businesses today as part of an ongoing effort to fight the illegal sale of synthetic drugs.
Authorities arrested the store's owner and an employee after gathering evidence that they had sold synthetic cannabinoids, also known as synthetic marijuana or herbal incense. The drugs, packaged as potpourri, were sold under the names "Scooby Snax," "Caution," and "Down2Earth."
"This case shows just how easy it is for our children to get their hands on these deadly drugs," said Attorney General DeWine. "Teenagers spend a lot of time at the mall, and this is what they could be buying."
Local authorities began investigating Blue Dragon Leather after receiving several complaints from the community.
"Parents should be extremely aware of these substances, not only being sold in local stores but also on the Internet," said TAG Law Enforcement Task Force Supervisor Lt. Jeff Orr. "The words 'Not for Human Consumption' being clearly marked on most packets is not a deterrent to our kids, who are risking their lives every time they use it."
In addition, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section filed a civil lawsuit against those at Blue Dragon Leather, alleging that the defendants engaged in unfair, deceptive, and unconscionable acts by selling the illegal drugs as legal products. A nuisance abatement was also filed in an effort to close the business for one year.
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