Posted: Dec 8, 2011 6:49 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Dec 8, 2011 6:52 PM
Search warrants executed at all locations of Curious Goods stores across Acadiana Thursday.
Investigators say they found components of synthetic marijuana which is illegal. For the past three months after the Lafayette Sheriff's Department says it received numerous complaints of products sold at Curious Goods. Undercover agents made several purchases before search warrants were executed.
"The purchases were sent to the crime lab and they tested positive for one of the band substances," said Captain John Babin with the Lafayette Sheriff's Office.
That test was all that was needed before agents from the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Unit tipped off authorities in other parishes. In all Thursday, six warrants were served as agents raided Curious Goods locations.
"They were selling, and what was sold to us was illegal. If their argument is that is was legal, my argument is that it tested positive for a band substance, so it is illegal," said Babin.
Law enforcement and medics with Acadian Ambulance say the synthetic marijuana or "legal weed" industry is not regulated, so there are many potential dangers if used.
"They feel like they are going to die, and their heart is racing, when sometimes it really isn't," said Gifford Saravia with Acadian Ambulance.
Acadian Ambulance has seen an increased number of related calls. Legal weed is sold and labeled as "potpourri." It look similar to marijuana, is smoked like it and gets users high. The law bans certain synthetic chemicals used to make "legal" weed.
"They tell us this information because it is legal. They go into the store and bought it," said Saravia.
At least five arrests have been made so far, and an arrest warrant is still out for Richard Buswell. He's believed to be one of the owners of Curious Goods. More arrests are expected.