Dec 9, 2011 1:06 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The "legal weed" seized from three Lafayette Curious Goods locations and a warehouse is valued at $1.7 million. The Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force arrested four people for possession with intent to distribute schedule I drugs. The arrests happened after an investigation into potpourri products containing illegal chemicals that were being sold at the stores, Capt. John Babin said. Facing charges are: Richard Buswell, Jacob Townsend, Angelle Meaux and Brady Becker.
The investigation started about three months ago after investigators received several complaints about "legal weed" that was being sold in the stores," Babin said. The product is sold as potpourri and is known as "legal weed." People smoke it to feel effects similar to marijuana. Products bought during an undercover buy three months ago were brought to the Acadiana Crime Lab and tested positive for an illegal substance - synthetic cannabinoid, according to Babin. Synthetic cannabinoid mimics the effects of THC - the active ingredient in marijuana. The positive lab test led to led to search warrants at all six Curious locations yesterday in Lafayette, Iberia and Vermilion Parishes.
The Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force along with the Louisiana State Police Lafayette Field office Narcotics Unit, Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotic Unit and the Vermillion Parish Municipal Task Force served search and arrest warrants at each location. "Agents seized several items of evidence including all Potpourri related items from the stores. Also searched by Agents was a warehouse listed as belonging to the business of Curious Goods and the residence of one of the listed owners Richard Buswell," Babin said. The Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force also seized $33,895 from Richard Buswell's home.
Pictured: Joseph Buswell