A little over a day after Governor Steve Beshear signed the synthetic drug legislation into law, Hopkinsville Police used it to seize thousands of dollars worth of the products and cash from a local convenience store.
An undercover officer went to the Scott’s Market on E. 9th St. Thursday and purchased a synthetic drug product, which is illegal to sell under the new law. That transaction gave HPD authority to request and gain a search warrant for the business, where they found a large quantity of products.
Police also searched the business owner’s home and found several boxes of synthetic drugs, which are marketed as bath salts and other common substances, though they are used as a narcotic.
In all, 8 thousand dollars worth of the products were seized and $1,615 cash was taken from a cash register only used for synthetic drug transactions. No arrests were made, though the owner’s name is redacted on the report as a suspect who could be arrested or cited for a crime.
Police say the 16-hundred dollars was just the cash made at the store in one day from synthetic drugs. Officials say the store pays about $4.50 wholesale for the product and charged customers $20.
Christian County Attorney Mike Foster, Assistant County Attorney Lindsey Adams and State Representative John Tilley held a press conference about the law and the raid Friday afternoon, where Foster said a Hopkinsville child is currently in the hospital after severe psychological damage sustained from synthetic drugs just this Tuesday.
Adams said the first place police went to Wednesday night was sold out, but the products weren’t hard to find elsewhere.
The law not only makes it a crime for businesses to sell the products, it also gives law enforcement authority to remove a store’s authority to sell alcohol once they are caught multiple times. Representative Tilley was one of the primary innovators of the legislation and said Governor Beshear signed it with little fanfare Wednesday in Frankfort.