The Lubbock Police Department performed routine checks of local smoke shops over the weekend to make sure they were complying with the new synthetic drug ban. The ordinance went into effect on Friday, March 8 at midnight.
Sergeant Jonathan Stewart with the Lubbock Police Department described the process.
"Patrol officers just stopped in at several shops around town just to gauge compliance and then to determine whether those shops were in compliance with the new ordinance," he said. "At six of those shops, they did find the banned substances."
Sgt. Stewart did not immediately know the total value of the synthetic drugs that were seized or exactly how much, but he said this will be an ongoing part of LPD's job.
"It will be routine. Not anything that we will put on a schedule, not anything certainly that we will announce ahead of time, but certainly our officers will be watching shops and looking out for substances in other areas as well."
He says citizens were concerned and called in saying that synthetic drugs were still on the shelves of local smoke shops. That's why LPD acted and seized the banned substances from six total locations and issued citations.
"They were 2 to 3 Nothin' Butt Smokes shops and some other shops around town as well."
The day the ban was set to go into effect, KCBD spoke with Shon Ross, the Vice President of Nothin' Butt Smokes, and he said:
"We're not going to have any of the products that fall within that ban. We try to make sure we stay ahead of the curve for the protection of ourselves as well as the protection of our consumer so all the products that we have are lab tested. They're verified and they're completely legal."
We tried to reach out to Ross for comment about the synthetic drugs that were seized by LPD in the Nothin' Butt Smokes shops, but he was not available for comment.
Sgt. Stewart said LPD is just making sure the rules are followed.
"The city council has passed the ordinance, and it's LPD's duty to enforce that ordinance. So that's what we were trying to do."
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