BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The owners of two smoke shops in Baton Rouge have been arrested after investigators raided their shops and found they were selling illegal synthetic marijuana. This comes four days after search warrants were conducted at the businesses and six others were arrested.
The owners, 40-year-old Demond Eams, and 47-year-old Bruce Moore, were arrested today and charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.. They have been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
The first warrant served last week was at the Fun Smoke Shop on Plank Road in Baker. Investigators found 403 packages of suspected synthetic marijuana.
Kimberly Brown, 32 of Plaquemine and Sujitra Clark, 41, both employees, were charged with possession with the intent to distribute. They were later booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
The second shop targeted Friday was Fun Time Novelties Smoke Shop on Hewwood Avenue in Baton Rouge. Hewwood is off O'Neal Lane in south Baton Rouge. Police said it also sells synthetic marijuana that contains a banned ingredient.
Carl Bazile, 46, and Angelica Clark, 20, employees of Fun Time, were charged with possession with intent to distribute. The search resulted in 3,426 packages of suspected synthetic marijuana, packaging materials, and suspected active ingredients for making synthetic marijuana. They were later booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Two Fun Time customers were arrested in the parking lot. They are John Smith, 26, and Blythe Martin, 22 for possessing alprazolalm and oxycodone. Smith was charged with possession of oxycodone and resisting an officer. Martin was charged with possession of oxycodone, alprazolalm and drug paraphernalia. They were also booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
All of the synthetic marijuana seized was taken to the crime lab.
Police say the shop on Hewwood had the dry compound and the liquid cutting agents used to intensify the effects. The two are mixed and then sealed into individual packets. Police believe the street drug was being manufactured at Fun Time Novelties Smoke Shop and both shops were selling the products.
District Attorney Hillar Moore plans to prosecute the cases once results come back from the crime lab.