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  • Synthetic marijuana use increasing in Baton Rouge

    June 30, 2014 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Synthetic marijuana is illegal to use in Louisiana. Law enforcement and health officials says it's becoming the new drug of choice because many users think it's a safe. Beau Clark, the coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish says synthetic marijuana is not a drug. He says it's... more »
  • Deputies seize 240 pounds of synthetic marijuana in pair of raids Play Video

    June 13, 2014 5:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office seized more than 240 lbs. of synthetic marijuana and arrested four people following a pair of raids. The largest was at the Lotus shop on O'Neal Lane. Deputies found more than 200 lbs. of the synthetic pot at that location... more »
  • Deputies: Man caught with bags of synthetic pot

    April 29, 2014 10:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - The St. Landry Parish Sheriffs Office says a man was arrested with nearly 1,000 bags of synthetic marijuana in his possession. 25-year-old Xavier Bush, Jr. faces charges for possession with intent to distribute. Deputies say they found garbage bags full of synthetic pot during a search... more »
  • 6 hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana have not been charged

    April 14, 2014 7:01 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala says the six men who went to the hospital Thursday night after smoking synthetic marijuana aren't saying where they got the substance and haven't been arrested. Bacala says the six men, who are now out of the hospital, came from... more »
  • Brothers arrested for synthetic marijuana in Livingston Parish

    February 27, 2014 2:39 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Detectives in Livingston Parish have arrested two men for synthetic marijuana. Gerald Fisher and John Fisher, who are brothers, were arrested after synthetic marijuana and several firearms were found inside their home in the 32000 block of Nikki Drive in Denham Springs. Detectives say one of... more »
  • New business busted for synthetic weed Play Video

    January 17, 2014 9:40 PM

    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... more »
  • $1.4 million of synthetic weed seized in bust

    August 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Sheriff's deputies in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes announced a recent drug bust netted $1.4 million in synthetic marijuana. Deputies arrested Kalid J. Jaber of Chalmette for speeding around 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 1. Investigators said after they had issues with his story, they checked... more »
  • 'Billy the Exterminator' drug charge: guilty plea

    May 1, 2013 4:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - William "Billy" Bretherton's attorney says the star of the A&E reality TV show "Billy the Exterminator" has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing synthetic marijuana. Allyn Stroud says Bretherton was put on probation for a year and prosecutors dropped charges against his wife. Billy and... more »
  • Man accused of killing unborn child blames drugs Play Video

    January 17, 2013 5:43 PM

    WALKER - Jeffrey Reynolds, the man accused of stabbing his wife and cutting their unborn child from its womb, appeared in court today. He blames synthetic marijuana for ruining his life. A talkative Reynolds made the comments to reporters outside the Livingston Parish Courthouse this afternoon. ""I love... more »
  • Feticide suspect blames synthetic drugs at hearing Play Video

    January 17, 2013 4:02 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish man accused of stabbing his wife and cutting their unborn baby from her womb blamed synthetic drugs today during a court hearing. Jeffrey Reynolds made the comments to reporters as he was being taken away after the hearing. "I love my wife... more »
  • DHH: New synthetic drug to be banned

    November 8, 2012 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that a new synthetic drug is being added to the list of illegal substances in the state. The drug, known as 25-I, "Smiles" or "N-Bomb", is being added to the Controlled Dangerous Substance Act on... more »
  • Store owner sues sheriff after synthetics seized Play Video

    March 27, 2012 6:57 PM

    HAMMOND - The owner of The Float Dog LLC in Hammond, La. sued Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards for unlawful seizure of his property and violation of his civil rights. Steve Spell was selling an herbal blend called "Skyscraper" which is meant to be used as potpourri. The lawsuit... more »
  • DEA extends control of chemicals in fake pot

    February 29, 2012 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Drug Enforcement Administration is extending emergency controls for six more months on five chemicals used to make fake pot products. The agency is working on permanently designating smokable herbal products containing the five chemicals as controlled substances. The DEA took emergency action a year ago, making it illegal... more »
  • Store owner plans to fight synthetic marijuana consequences Play Video

    February 28, 2012 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Last week Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced it will suspend liquor and tobacco licenses for businesses caught selling synthetics. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert told News 2 he believes hitting businesses where it hurts most may be the break law enforcement across the state needs to shut these... more »
  • Store owner plans to fight synthetic marijuana consequences

    February 28, 2012 10:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Last week Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced it will suspend liquor and tobacco licenses for businesses caught selling synthetics. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert told News 2 he believes hitting businesses where it hurts most may be the break law enforcement across the state needs to shut these... more »
  • ATC takes zero-tolerance stance on synthetic marijuana

    February 14, 2012 2:27 PM

    Baton Rouge- Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert has ordered four Greater Baton Rouge businesses to immediately cease the sale of alcoholic beverages after learning that they were actively engaged in the illegal distribution of synthetic marijuana. The suspension orders follows investigations by the... more »
  • Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK

    January 22, 2012 10:15 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A British pharmaceutical company is working its way toward FDA approval for the world's first prescription drug developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents, a medical milestone that could presage a new era for the plant and the nation's uneasy relationship with it. GW Pharma has... more »
  • Synthetic drug search warrants executed at ten stores

    October 7, 2011 2:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Authorities executed synthetic drug search warrants at ten convenience stores Friday morning, classifying the drugs as illegal to have or sell. The warrants were sent out after under cover agents made purchases of the suspected drugs at those stores. Detectives also search for invoices and other... more »
  • Thousands in fake weed seized in Livingston home

    July 29, 2011 11:06 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Investigators say they found real and synthetic marijuana stashed at a Livingston man's home this week. Chief Deputy Jason Ard with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested Troy Michael Ouber, 32, after finding thousands of dollars worth of fake and real marijuana in his home... more »
  • Synthetic marijuana seized at BR business

    July 27, 2011 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police and federal authorities arrested a man this week after they said they found a lot of fake weed at his business. Sgt. Don Stone said Tim Tran, 39, was arrested Tuesday after a search of his business on Florida Boulevard, Tim's Wholesale, by Baton Rouge... more »
  • Law enforcement clear shelves of synthetic drugs

    July 19, 2011 6:27 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Authorities are on the hunt for illegal substances being sold in Livingston Parish stores this evening. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, along with State Police and other agencies, are clearing store shelves of synthetic marijuana and similar products marketed as bath salts and potpourri. Governor Bobby... more »
  • Jindal bans bath salt ingredients

    July 13, 2011 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal signed House Bill 12 by Rep. Ricky Templet which makes it illegal to possess the ingredients that make up bath salts and synthetic marijuana. The law was tightened after users found a loophole. Instead of banning ingredients, the previous law outlawed the finished product... more »
  • Man arrested after synthetic marijuana delivery

    January 18, 2011 11:19 AM

    ST. MARTINVILLE – A Baton Rouge man has been arrested and 100 packs of illegal synthetic marijuana seized after authorities say he delivered them to a business in St. Martin Parish. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 32-year-old Thaer Zaben as part of a narcotics investigation Jan. 11, after they said he delivered... more »
  • Synthetic "Dope" still for sale

    January 7, 2011 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Just one day after authorities seized thousands of dollars worth of now illegal substances known as 'bath salts,' business owners who sell other products, known as synthetic marijuana are worried if they'll be affected. The substance is similar to a product banned by the Louisiana Legislature last... more »
  • Stores worry other synthetic drugs could be seized

    January 7, 2011 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Stores that sell substances labeled “synthetic marijuana” tell News 2 they’re changing their practices, after fake bath salts that gave a cocaine-like high were outlawed in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an emergency order this week making products like “Cloud 9” illegal to have, make or sell... more »
  • Ban on synthetic marijuana receives final passage

    June 14, 2010 10:23 AM

    A ban on synthetic marijuana has received final passage in the Louisiana legislature. The measure, proposed by Rep. Ricky Templet would ban the sale, possession and manufacture of the product, which is often labeled as botanical incense. It has brand names like "K2", "Voodoo" and "Spike". The mixture of... more »

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