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  1. jon-q
    SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A three-month investigation into the suspected sale of illegal "synthetic marijuana" resulted in the arrests Thursday of a suburban West Palm Beach smoke shop owner and a shop employee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

    Deputies took shop owner Monica Lee, 37, and employee Hope Shipley, 27, into custody after alleging the two openly sold banned synthetic substances to undercover agents at A Hidden Treasure Smoke Shop in the 4400 block of Purdy Lane.

    "Essentially, what it is is synthetic marijuana," said Lt. Dennis St. Cyr, of the sheriff's narcotics division, which started the investigation after receiving complaints about the store from area residents.

    "In some cases, actually, what it is is like a potpourri that is sprayed chemicals, typically in China, and then they bag it up, send it over, and then they sell it as a legal alternative to marijuana," St. Cyr said.

    Lee is charged with one count of unlawful possession of property for sale of a controlled substance, and one count of sale of a controlled substance.

    Shipley is charged with three counts of sale of a controlled substance.

    All of the charges are felonies.

    The shop was openly selling banned products such as the incenses Mr. Nice Guy, Spice and K2, St. Cyr said. It also allegedly kept what St. Cyr described as a "house blend" smoking product behind the counter that was only sold to customers who asked for it.

    Synthetic substances can pose health risks, said Tate Yeatman, a sheriff's office forensic scientist. In March, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency placed several synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants into the Controlled Substances Act.

    These substances are "much more potent" than THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, Yeatman said.

    "They're made illegally, so there's no quality control. There's no telling how much of these compounds are on the material that you're smoking. So that combination makes it a dangerous mix," Yeatman said.

    St. Cyr said he couldn't comment on whether either Lee or Shipley knew that the products were illegal. The store's website lists hookah and glass pipes, vaporizers and gas masks among its products.

    "If they weren't aware before," St. Cyr said, "they certainly are now."

    Julius Whigham II
    WPTV News 28th Oct 2011


  1. jodiroxx
    Oh way to go PD. Gotta stop those thugs from selling synthetic marijuana, in the mean time, does anybody know where I can fill my script for 30mg Adderalls? Went to Target, Meijer, Kroger, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kmart, Walmart..... every single pharmacy here has them on backorder. Go figure.
  2. mrsolearyscow
    A head shop that sells hookahs and vaporizers? I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you.
  3. TheBigBadWolf
    I second to this one.

    Imagine, I entered a head shop in my town yesterday and what I found were just this kind of devices, and more so, I did not see even ONE HEAD they had to sell...

    Why do they name themselves head shop when there are no heads available??

  4. Ellisdeee
    For what it's worth, I actually went into my local headshop today to see if anything was going down with them, since they stay up on all this (this occurred about 250 miles away from where I live). This isn't just any ol' crackdown on the blends. The article hints that it was illegal but, they were selling pre-ban blends still. Ones that headshops such as mine, did blow-out sales on to get off all the shelves and removed on X date sold or not. They basically were still shelf selling pre-banned versions of blends. I also hear from the owners that the article left out that the place was also selling bath salts, which at least in this state I am quite sure has become indisputably illegal. No they are not 'criminals'. But they also don't appear to be that smart about their business. There are compliant blends that you can put on your shelves (where they are from) that will not get you cuffed and taken to a police station at this current time. But the fact they were selling clearly illegal things shows that they simply thought they could ignore the bans, stay under the radar, and sell the rest of products they had that as business owners they should have very well known cannot be put on shelves still or sold to customers.
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