POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 9:05pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:18am
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — "Obviously when you're dealing with these types of drugs anything can basically happen," says Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert.
Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert wants synthetic marijuana like this off the streets. That's why his agency teamed up with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office to try and rid the parish of these illegal and dangerous drugs.
"As commissioner, I definitely deem it as a threat to the public safety when you have legal establishments selling illegal drugs on them," says Hebert.
The A.T.C. busted four businesses so far this month, three businesses in Baton Rouge and one in Baker. All the places were shut down and had their alcohol licenses suspended. The problem though is much larger that just these four businesses.
"This is not isolated to East Baton Rouge Parish. this is happening across the state," says Hebert.
Hebert says by suspending the licenses of these four stores it sends a strong message to any store even thinking about selling synthetic marijuana.
'If you're caught selling synthetic marijuana. you will face a hearing that could cost you your alcohol license," says Hebert