Herbal store raided

Police seize pipes, bongs, incense

By ROBIN FITZGERALD – rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

LONG BEACH

Narcotics officers seized 110 pipes and bongs and boxes of herbal incense from a business suspected of selling the items for illegal purposes, police officials said.

Police raided Herbal Extreme on Tuesday, clearing out it’s stock of merchandise, said Assistant Police Chief Don Bass. Police also seized weight scales, grinders, cases of cigar-sized blunt wrappers and four computers, he said.

“This is the only type of items this particular store sells,” said Bass. “If a customer comes in and they tell you a pipe can be used for illicit substances, such as marijuana, it makes the devices paraphernalia.”

“The intended use of herbal incense is to burn for the aroma,” Bass said. “If they tell a customer it can be smoked for a ‘high’ like marijuana, but with a shorter duration of ‘high,’ that tells you it’s actually for sale to smoke.”

Bass said some of the pipes appear to have residue in them.

“We’re going to test them to see if they were used to smoke marijuana,” said Bass.

The search was conducted by police narcotics officers and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit.

Bass said the case remains under investigation and police expect to make arrests.

The business could not be reached for comment.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/20/2116064/herbal-store-raided-police-seize.html#ixzz0lkKdlaoN

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