Merchants accused again of selling synthetic pot
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested the owners of a Baton Rouge novelty store after investigators said they were caught selling synthetic marijuana again.
Detectives arrested Julie and Son Tran, the owners of Joker Novelty, after they said a search of the store turned up almost 5,000 packs of suspected synthetic marijuana for sale, as well as almost $12,000 in cash.
According to arrest records Son told investigators he knew selling the synthetic marijuana was illegal, but he was just trying to sell off what he had left.
Tran's lawyer, David Borland, said all the merchandise was in compliance with the law.
"Everything in their store was tested to make sure it was in compliance with the law, every time new inventory came in, and there was never a positive test," he said.
Police said Son was arrested in 2011 on similar charges after authorities said they found alleged synthetic drugs, cash and a weapon. He's expected to be back in court next month for a hearing over the first case.
"What these people are doing, once they get arrested they sit tight, they lay low and then all of a sudden come back up again thinking that they've been forgotten about which they haven't and they start the process again," said Cpl. Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department.