Lubbock smoke shop owners charged with deceptive trade practices

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Local smoke shop owners Edward Krahmer and Anthony Carter are now charged with deceptive trade practices.

Krahmer is the owner of Smokin J's and Carter owns Tobacco Road, where authorities recently removed several bags of synthetic marijuana.

They were both arrested, charged with deceptive trade practices and released Thursday on a $5,000 bond.

Jason Armstrong with Elemental Trading Company faces the same charges, but is still not in custody.

Lubbock County DA's office warned shops back on June 6th that they were cracking down on the designer drug saying that anyone who continued to sell it would be prosecuted.

Authorities raided the Smokin' J's at 50th and Quaker two weeks ago and confiscated dozens of bags of synthetic marijuana. The Lubbock County DA announced earlier this month that he would prosecute those caught selling the products.For Warriors Against Synthetic Pot warrior Jeremy Safran, he is overjoyed to see these results because he spent four-and-a-half years of his life like this:

"Coughing up black stuff, throwing up blood, a lot of things," he said. "I was in the hospital several times for it."

It all started when Safran's friend offered him synthetic marijuana for the first time.

"From then on out, it was like a constant need," he said. "It was a crazy fight. I mean, everyday it seems like you would wake up and want to do it all the time. I couldn't go hours without it, it seemed like."

Every time he tried to quit smoking the 10 to 20 packs a day, he had to fight.

"I got real sick; vomit, throwing up," he said, "I mean it was crazy. It was one of those things that I never thought I would have to experience. It changes your whole demeanor and everything, your whole outlook on life. I mean, I had a lot of anxiety and depression and it seemed like I just wanted to end it sometimes."

Now, Safran is over 100 days clean of this addiction to synthetic marijuana, and he owes it all to support from his friends and family.

"But a lot of people can't," he said. "I've seen a lot of people who go through it, in and out, so the best thing to do is just ask for help and ask for it because it is out there."

However, seeing Smokin J's get busted for selling the drug that almost destroyed him is only a small victory for Safran.

"It doesn't seem like they're going to learn from it and so there's still some chance," he said, "and maybe after the arrest and after this go around, they'll stop doing it and if not, next step is to shut them down and charge them with a lot of cases of, I'd say, killing people. Because that's the biggest thing it comes down to."For more information, you can visit WASP on Facebook at:

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