POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:52pm
BAKER, LA (NBC33) - — By sheer coincidence, the Baton Rouge Police Department's narcotics division executed a series of warrants for synthetic marijuana Friday.
It comes after an announcement Thursday citing synthetic marijuana as a growing problem, causing multiple recent overdoes in our area.
This is a problem, especially because it’s often overlooked. What's being sold as "aroma therapy" or incense can actually be used to get high.
Now, police are cracking down and Friday they busted two smoke shops for selling the synthetic marijuana. One is in Baker and one is off of O’Neal Ln.
Two people were arrested at the first shop in Baker for allegedly selling this synthetic marijuana. A man and woman were arrested at the smoke shop off of O’Neal Ln.
Police found buckets of what they call "Scooby Snacks" and other brands on these packets of drugs. Police tell us certain chemicals are used to enhance the product and investigators found some of those chemicals, too. All of this was taken into evidence.
But even though police have been investigating these shops, employees and owners denied these items are used to get high.
"This is a legitimate business,” said one of the employees from the smoke shop on Baker. “What goes in those packs? Aroma therapy but we don’t have any here sir, we don't package it."
"We want to stress that we are serious about this,” said Cpl. Don Coppola. “This is just the first step in this so if you're selling it if you have anything to do with this, our advice to you is stop. This is hurting the public. Most of it is illegal."
BRPD will test everything back in evidence to see if there is anything else illegal being used.
We don't know the names of any of the people arrested, but we will keep you posted as we learn more.
These busts came from months of undercover investigations with help from BRPD narcotics and the brave team.