Woodward, Okla. — Law enforcement officers conducted simultaneous searches of 3 Woodward businesses and one home Friday as part of a crackdown on synthetic drug products.
Dozens of officers from local and state agencies served search warrants on 3 local stores: Lazy's Drive-Thru in the 2100 block of Oklahoma Ave., Tokinz Smoke Shop in the 900 block of Main St.; and Sugar Lips in the 1100 block of 8th St.
Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), said the searches came after authorities received tips that the stores might be selling illegal synthetic drug products, which are sometimes referred to as "K2," "Spice," and "Bath Salts."
On Friday officers also searched a residence near 13th St. and Cedar Ave.
Woodward said officers will sometimes search the homes of those who own the stores where alleged synthetic drug products are sold because "sometimes at night the owners will take the illegal products home."
The OBN spokesman said the searches resulted in the seizure of "several boxes" containing packages of the alleged synthetic drug products, which have names like "Scooby Snax," "Mad Hatter," "Caution," "Mr. Happy," "Kush" and "Maui Wowie," and range in size from 3 grams to 12 grams.
Some of the products' packaging are printed with phrases like "Legal Herbal Sachet, Does not contain AM2201 or any DEA banned substance" or "Manufacturers and retailers of this product take no responsibility for the incorrect use or misuse of this product."
Woodward said "documents and receipts from the stores are being seized as well."
"The documents seized are those that pertain to the products being sold and shipped, which will help us follow the trail of who the suppliers are," he said.
Woodward said he wasn't aware of any arrests being made as of late Friday afternoon, but officers were "interviewing employees and store owners."
"The analysis of all the evidence and the results of those interviews will dictate what direction we go as far as possible arrests or the filing of charges at a later date," he said.
And while no one may have been arrested Friday, Woodward said, "we do anticipate there will be some arrests and that could include employees and/or owners."
Woodward also made it clear that the action taken by law enforcement officials on Friday "was strictly dealing with those illegal products."
"We are not seizing any of the stores and we are not forcibly shutting any down," he said. "We are simply seizing those products that are illegal so they cannot sell them."
The stores will still be allowed to conduct business, he said.
"Hopefully we've sent a message to these stores, the community and stores across the state that we're going to go after those stores that sell this type of illegal product and do what we can to prevent them from selling it," Woodward said.