Store clerk arrested in synthetic marijuana sting

William Blake Hill, 25 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
William Blake Hill, 25 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man was arrested Thursday after agreeing to sell an undercover officer synthetic marijuana.

Criminal District Chief Attorney Todd Smith tells us that 25-year-old William Blake Hill was the clerk at Elemental Trading Company on 7006 University Ave.

He was released shortly after, but the raids went on.

Elemental Trading Company is one of the five shops that investigators removed illegal substances from on Thursday.

The other locations include Smoker's Choice at 1920 34 St., Smoking J's at 4416 50th St., Tobacco Road at 4202 Ave A, and It's Another Tobacco Road at 2805 Ave Q.

The most significant amount of substances removed was at Smoking J's on 50th Street, where Smith said they confiscated pound after pound of the packets.

Law enforcement efforts are expected to continue. Smith said there will be over ten arrest warrants delivered next week.

All of these consequences were outlined in a letter from the DA delivered to 53 shops on June 6.

Jeannine Kelley with Warriors Against Synthetic Pot said their organization protested at that Smoking J's location at least half a dozen times. She called yesterday's raid a huge victory.

"It was so exciting because when they're walking out with thousands and thousands of bags of this poison," she said, "each baggy could be a life. It literally could be a life that was saved."

Smith said this is far from over. He says investigators even discovered a liquid substance at one store with effects similar to synthetic marijuana, and will be following up on that as well.

To report any tips, call Criminal District Chief Attorney Todd Smith at 775-1100.

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