The Lubbock Police Department conducted it's 7th synthetic drug raid Monday night, collecting thousands of dollars in banned substances. The raid was conducted at the Nothin' Butt Smokes on 79th and University after a tip made police aware of the banned synthetics.
"We would like to see everyone comply with the law, but that's not always the case. That is certainly our hope. That's why we enforce the law," said Captain Jon Caspell. "If folks - whether it be in private settings or smoke shops - continue to violate what appears to be a duly passed and legal ordinance, we have a duty to respond and enforce that law."
Caspell says once police arrive at a smoke shop, they enter the building and seize anything that appears to be illegal according to the new ordinance.
"They rely on their experience and their training, and officers can look at a product and see the markings and based on how well they've trained can understand that this is something that most likely falls under the banned substance," he said. "It should be known that certainly we are not the final arbiter in this. We act on probable cause and these officers certainly believe they had probable cause these are banned substances, and that's up for the court to determine."
He says so far the actual process has gone smoothly, with both the store workers and officers conducting their business without conflict.
He says the citations that they serve go directly to the store workers.
"So far the folks that have been at the store received citations for class C misdemeanors, and they're the ones who are considered to be in care, custody and control which is possession," said Caspell.
He added if you have seen synthetic drugs at any local smoke shops, please give the police department a call and let them know the location so they can make sure to take them off the streets.
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