POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 2:34pm
Baton Rouge, LA — The Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control (ATC) Commissioner Troy Hebert recently issued an emergency suspension order to Mike’s Convenience Store, which was housing over 18,000 packets of synthetic marijuana.
Based on persuasive evidence obtained during a joint investigation between ATC and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, the ATC said that the business posed a grave threat to the public safety by distributing synthetic narcotics and housing
Mike’s has been the subject of an ongoing investigation where undercover buys of synthetic marijuana, which have tested positive for Schedule I narcotics, were made on more than one occasion. The suspension of alcoholic beverage sales was immediate and shall remain effective until ordered otherwise.
ATC has scheduled an administrative hearing for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Baton Rouge, LA. The business is subject to fines up to $500 per violation, which can consist of each individual package available for sale considered as a separate count and violation, as well as possible revocation of their licenses.
“ATC is committed to protecting the public safety by ensuring that businesses permitted by our office are not utilizing those permits to further harmful criminal operations,” said Hebert.