Smoke shops in Hobbs closed for selling 'spice'

Posted at: 08/08/2013 6:51 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two smoke shops in Hobbs are shut down for a week.  They were caught selling "spice", and a lot of it. 

The doors of ‘Up in Smoke’ are locked and will be until Monday, as will S&S Smoker’s Outlet. 

Michael Wilson, Commander at Lea County Drug Task Force, said officers bought the "spice" undercover by asking for something else.

"Basically just go in there and ask for potpourri," said Wilson.

Police said if you ask for potpourri that is not what you’re getting.

"The results from the lab returned up positive for a substance called PB22," said Wilson.

When they busted the shop on Tuesday they found a lot of "spice", $50-60,000 worth.

"It makes me sick," said Wilson.

"Spice" means big bucks for the owners.

"These people are making extremely large amounts of money basically providing a poison to our kids in our community," said Wilson.

Wilson said this isn’t the first run in with the owner of S & S Smoker’s Outlet.  She was caught selling "spice" at this store in May.

The owner wasn’t there when KOB Eyewitness News 4 stopped by but owns three shops in town.

Wilson said they are committed to getting "spice" off the streets.

"It is one of our top priorities.  Right now we have a pretty substantial problem with methamphetamines, but we have a serious substantial problem with spice. It's inundating all aspects of our community and most importantly it’s affecting our children," said Wilson.

This was the first offense for both shops.  If they’re caught again, they’ll be shut down for an entire year.