Broken Arrow police bust a synthetic pot seller

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Updated: 11/02/2011 9:30 am Published: 11/01/2011 9:36 pm

No matter their name, Synthetic marijuana such as K-2, K-4, Spice and Smoke are all drugs in disguise.

Now in Oklahoma hundreds of the chemicals found in synthetic marijuana are illegal. 

Police are wasting no time cracking down on stores selling the synthetic drug so a week before the law went into effect Broken Arrow police went to stores and warned them about selling the synthetic drug.

The new law bans 250 chemicals often found in synthetic marijuana that are known to make kids and adults very sick.

During a compliance check, police found of the 13 stores checked, only one sold synthetic pot.

The 2011 law expands a law passed last year banning hundreds of more chemicals often found in synthetic pot and cocaine.

Now it’s nearly impossible to legally sell fake marijuana as a potpourri or incense.  "I think they should ban it everywhere, whatever is to make it, to get it, to buy it,” says mother Shelly Relja.

She had no idea about the synthetic pot until a teen passed out at her daughter’s high school.

The chemicals can cause hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, sweating, even suicidal thoughts or actions.

"We will have people in plain clothes unannounced periodically making compliance checks,” says Broken Arrow Police Captain Scott Bennett.

On Tuesday night, undercover officers with the BAPD Special Investigations Unit hit 13 stores.

Only one was busted and FOX23 News was the only crew there for the bust.

"This is called the BAG,” says and undercover officer.

The Broken Arrow Gifts is a novelty store on Main Street near downtown that’s been around for years.

Five minutes inside the store the undercover officer walks out with more than $70 worth of Cherry Blast, Purple Haze and Bluejay.

"I asked him the Bluejay was like blueberries and he didn't say anything,” says the undercover officer.

Distributors try to get around the law by warning buyers it doesn’t contain outlawed.

Some don’t even let people know what’s in the bag and it says “Not for human consumption.”

"It just tells us what it contains and it doesn't tell us what it doesn't contain,” says the undercover officer.

The owner doesn’t look happy when police walk back in.

He pulls all the products off the shelves and police say he doesn’t want to speak to FOX23 News.

"The distributor told them what he has is legal,” says the undercover officer.

However, the distributor’s list the owner gave police doesn’t include what was bought and seized by the undercover officers.

A total of nearly $400 dollars worth of synthetic drugs were seized from the BAG.

Officers head to the Stop N Go near Kenosha and the Broken Arrow Expressway.

"She says it's illegal we can't sell it here,” says the undercover officer.

The clerk says the last woman who worked at the store drove her car into a house while high on the synthetic drug.

So the clerk says she’s going by the book.

"We don't sell it, it's gone,” says Nancy.

She doesn’t want to deal with a drug with dangerous side effects.

"If it's messing up everyone up like it is, it should be,” say Nancy.

Police will recommend felony charges for distributing drugs, the substance will also be sent to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations to be tested.

Even if the substance is not tested positive it is illegal to sell any synthetic drug to get high or conceal the products are in the store. 

The law also includes chemicals sold in synthetic cocaine and fronted as "bath salts." Products such as Vanilla Sky and Ivory Wave are often sold as fake cocaine, but drug agents say it acts like cocaine on steroids.

The new law is in the same felony category as cocaine, heroine and LSD with tougher punishments.

If you believe a store is selling illegal synthetic marijuana call your local police department.

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JimBeam - 11/4/2011 6:07 PM
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I think it's funny that this stuff is regarded as "highly dangerous" after one kid passed out. I would be willing to bet more kids pass out from alcohol on a daily basis at that same school. The only reason it's "dangerous" is because people are so ill-informed, and in fact, blatantly lied to by the government about the "dangers" of marijuana. One kid passes out from synth and there's an uproar. How many drunk driving deaths have there been in BA this year? Guaranteed more that deaths from marijuana. Before you jump to conclusions about these "dangerous" chemicals, do some research. (Yes I am well aware that this synthetic has not been properly tested in labs and can, in fact, be dangerous. Just don't jump to conclusions because one kid passes out.)

Vashta - 11/3/2011 4:46 PM
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@DIV: Of course children should not use these things any more than they should smoke tobacco or drink beer or wine. Regulation is the key. The war on drugs is lost. Regulate it and tax it. Use the same rules we use for everything else. It is not a hard thing to do.

Divinnia - 11/3/2011 12:49 PM
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Vashta, would you prefer more kids die because of this highly dangerous substance? There have been many documented deaths due to children using this. Taxes be damned.....

watchdog11 - 11/3/2011 12:16 AM
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I'm glad they busted BAG, those crooks sold my family and I tickets to a concert which was canceled because of performer illness, and I couldn't get my money back because the cheats at BAG had sold us their free promotional tickets.

Vashta - 11/2/2011 9:47 PM
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WTG! Now you have made every real pot dealer in Oklahoma VERY happy. Hope you guys are proud of yourselves. You just put thousands of dollars back into the hands of criminals and out of the tax coffers. You guys are so smart I wish i had a tenth of your brain power!

GLENPOOLMOM - 11/2/2011 2:38 PM
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