Man arrested twice within 30 days during smoke shop raids

Smoke shop worker arrested, again

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man who was arrested on Nov. 18, 2014 during a simultaneous raid of seven area smoke shops was arrested again Tuesday when investigators raided the smoke shop again. Baton Rouge Police say they found 130 bags of synthetic marijuana in the Good Times Smoke Shop on O'Neal Lane.

During the raid in November, investigators seized approximately 500 packets of Blue Diamond, knives and swords.

The mission for local authorities is to shut down the smoke shops that are selling synthetic marijuana.

"It's a public health concern," said Lt. Johnathan Dunnam with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "It sends numerous individuals to the hospital."

While executing a search warrant Tuesday at Good Times Smoke Shop on O'Neal Lane, BRPD arrested 45-year-old Ha Nguyen.

"This is a business, it's a bad business and so we need to increase the risk for these people and let them know if you sell these products, particularly in Baton Rouge, that you're going to go to jail, and you're going to go to jail for a long time," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.

In November, Nguyen was released on a $70,000 bond. On Tuesday, he was released on a $35,000 bond.

One problem investigators have is that the dealers are changing the chemical makeup of the drug, which makes it more difficult for law enforcement to make arrests.

"All we can do is work 24-hours a day. We're going to try and work even smarter, but some people are going to have to go to jail and hopefully they'll learn, they'll get out the business, they'll do something else," said Moore.

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