TBI charges dozens of store owners with possessing, selling illegal synthetic drugs

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1:47pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation took another step in the state’s crackdown on synthetic drugs serving 89 misdemeanor complaints on 40 individuals in Rutherford County.

The complaints were served primarily on store owners on charges ranging from possession to possession with intent to sell. Some of the stores sold the drugs under various brand names such as K2, Diablo, Exotica or Spice.

The entire operation, known as “Operation Synful Smoke,” began with undercover purchases made at various stores from June to August. Then on Sept. 7, TBI agents, along with federal and local law enforcement officials, seized 23,000 units of the synthetic drugs along with $44,500 in cash.

That day, members of Metro’s Specialized Investigations Division raided two locations in Nashville — FAB Wholesale at 609 Lafayette St. and the “Smoke for Less” at 1105 North Gallatin Pike.

Those charged in Rutherford County will be cited in General Sessions Court in Murfreesboro on Dec. 20 to answer the charges.

Earlier this year, Tennessee lawmakers passed a ban on the sale of synthetic cannabinoids and methcathinone — which mimic the effects of marijuana and amphetamines.

3 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 12/15/11 at 7:41

Were these guys aware that their previously legal product had been made illegal? If not doesn't the TBI have better things to do than play 'gotcha!' with the whims of the legislators?

By: Jughead on 12/15/11 at 8:38

Most of these smoke shops are havens for various illegal activities. STolen cigarettes, dope dealing, guns, etc.

And, most are run by arabs who don't give a damn about US law.

By: freddy on 12/15/11 at 4:00

Close 'em down! Selling paraphernalia is supposed to be illegal anyway, and what else is a bong for? But on the other hand, if we lose a bunch of people who insist on smoking bath salts, that could be considered thinning the herd!