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3 shops cited for synthetic pot sales

Vice squad busts 2 businesses after several complaints

– Two Fort Wayne businesses were cited this week for selling synthetic drugs or look-alike substances, police said Thursday.

The city police department’s Vice and Narcotics Division had received numerous complaints about local businesses selling Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana, and other look-alike substances, the police department said.

The three locations cited were both Twenty Past Four & More shops at 2014 Broadway and 3506 N. Clinton St. and the Bavarian Groove store at 3615 N. Clinton St.

In May, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation tightening the state’s ban on synthetic drugs and synthetic drug look-alike substances.

The law was created to help police combat the growing problem of synthetic drugs and look-alike substances, Fort Wayne police said.

Calls to Twenty Past Four & More were not returned Thursday.

A manager at Bavarian Groove declined to comment, but a sign attached to the front counter stated that the store does not sell Spice, K2 or other similar synthetic drug substances.

On Tuesday, detectives cited both Twenty Past Four & More locations after purchasing a look-alike substance from the store, police said.

The citation was a Class A infraction for dealing in a synthetic drug or a look-alike substance.

On Wednesday, detectives said they purchased a look-alike substance from the Bavarian Groove store and cited the business with a Class A infraction for dealing a synthetic drug or a look-alike substance.

Sales of Spice, K2 and other forms of synthetic marijuana have been an ongoing problem in Fort Wayne, city police said.

In May 2012, the Fort Wayne City Council approved an ordinance amendment allowing businesses to be treated as drug houses in an attempt to curb the sale of K2 or Spice.

jcrothers@jg.net

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