Smoke Shop Shut Down For Dealing Bath Salts

FAST FACTS:

  • The Smoke Shop shut down
  • Investigators say workers dealt illegal bath salts inside the business
  • Agents seize 733 packets during search

Scott.Noll@wreg.com

(Memphis) Business at a Northeast Memphis smoke shop was snuffed out today after investigators shut down the store amid allegations workers were opening selling illegal bath salts.

Agents from the West Tennessee Drug Task Force arrived at The Smoke Shop near Sycamore View and Raleigh-Millington around 1:30pm Wednesday with a court order to close the business.

It was the result of a year-long investigation that included undercover buys of what prosecutors called illegal, synthetic drugs with names like K2, Spice, and Charge.  It was part of what investigators believe was a widespread network distributing the bath salts.

“When they recovered from this business was, I believe over 730 packets of bath salts when we executed the search warrants last week,” explained Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich. 

All of it was a surprise to the manager of a wireless phone store next door.

“I mean I hear on the TV Spice this, Spice that,” said the man who only identified himself as Jamil.  “I don’t know what’s Spice. I don’t smoke Spice.”

But The Smoke Shop is familiar territory for WREG On Your Side Investigators.  Last spring we found the store openly selling the bath salt Sky Vanilla.

Now prosecutors hope by having the business declared a nuisance and shut down with a court order, they’ll send a strong message.  They say if a business is going to deal these synthetic drugs, they’ll be left to deal with very real consequences.

“When businesses want to run their business in a way the law is broken, they leave us no choice,” said Weirich.  “As district attorney, as prosecutors, expect us to come in and shut them down to protect the public.”

No arrests have been made in the case, but investigators believe that could change in the near future.

The owner of The Smoke Shop, Cameron Macrum, must appear before a judge March, 12 to respond to the nuisance petition.

Agents say their investigation continues.

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