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New business busted for synthetic weed

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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 9:40 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jan 17, 2014 9:40 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: marijuana, ATC, Smoking Tee Pee, synthetic

BATON ROUGE - A new business in the capital city was closed by the state, after Alcohol Tobacco & Control (ATC) found they were selling synthetic marijuana.

Smoking Tee Pee #2 located at 16640 Florida, will remain closed until ordered otherwise. Agents received a complaint that Smoking Tee Pee was selling synthetic marijuana to customers. ATC agents along with K-9 Agent Ace, inspected the business and detected synthetic drugs on house.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division and Louisiana State Police assisted ATC in the investigation and seized 698 items that were later tested positive as synthetic marijuana.

Owners, Robert Southard and David Worley, Jr. told law enforcement they had tested the material themselves

"They advised the agents what they had in their possession, was what they thought was legal substance," said ATC Special Agent Jeffrey Barthelemy.

Inside Smoking Tee Pee, agents found packaging material, windshield cleaner, brake fluid, sealing devices and logo stickers.

Southard and Worley were arrested on charges of Distribution of Scheduled I Narcotics and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Scheduled I Narcotics.

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