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Attorney General: Commack Store Selling Designer Drugs

State Attorney General claims undercover investigation finds East Coast Psychedelics is illegally selling synthetic drugs.

Correction: It was first reported by the attorney general that Pavilion International had a Commack storefront. Pavilion International is located in Stony Brook. 

A Commack store is facing a lawsuit from the state attorney general for allegedly selling synthetic designer drugs as "head shops."

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday he filed 12 lawsuits against stores for allegedly violating the state's labeling laws by selling designer drugs. A Commack store is named in the lawsuit,  and labeled as "head shops."

The lawsuit alleges that East Coast Psychedelics sold designer drugs, including commonly known synthetics as "bath salts" and "synthetic marijuana."

"The proliferation of illegal synthetic drugs has become a national crisis. In Rochester and across the state, our undercover investigations have revealed the widespread sales and promotion of bath salts and other dangerous drugs that are destroying people’s lives," Schneiderman said in a statement. "We discovered that head shop employees were giving tutorials on how to use dangerous intoxicants. With today’s actions, we are fighting back to control this crisis, and ensure that the days of profiting off the illegal sale of these dangerous drugs are over."

The attorney general's office conducted an undercover video investigation of head shops across New York that revealed designer drugs were being sold under names like "MJ Blueberry Aromatic Potpourri," "Bizarro" and "VOODOO" while being labeled with false descriptions as incense, potpourri, sachets and dietary supplements.

Investigators from the attorney general's office visited stores from Rochester and Albany down to Suffolk, entering stores and purchasing a sample of the illegally labeled intoxicants. They also captured video footage of the store transaction and interactions with the store's employees.

Both federal and state authorities have attempted to outlaw certain chemical compounds and their equivalents, but said their efforts have fallen short as suppliers continue to stay ahead by changing the compounds and labeling of those products being sold to retailers.

There have been several dangerous instances reported by the media recently in which the individual involved have been accused of being on these designer drugs. This includes a naked man eating another man's face in Miami, as reported by the Huffington Post, and a New York City film student who leapt to his death off Roosevelt Island balcony, as reported by ABC.

"There is a completely new level of violence and unpredictability associated with these patients. In some instances, hospital staff have been diverted from helping other patients in order to assist in securing and stabilizing designer drug users. This demonstrates the gravity of the danger posed by users of designer drugs. I support Attorney General Schneiderman's efforts of getting these unlabeled, misbranded and misleading so called ‘designer drugs’ off store shelves in New York State," said Maja Lundborg-Gray, M.D., at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY, in a statement.

Under the lawsuit, the attorney general not only seeks to end the sale of mislabeled drugs but wants a record of f all commodities sold or offered for sale including the name of the product, the manufacturer and/or distributor of the product, a description of the product, the retail price of the product and the number of units sold.

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AstiGirl July 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Great News - I've been waiting for that place to get busted.
Joe College July 11, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Well you'll have to keep waiting because they haven't been busted. They've been sued. Now maybe wait for the trial? Or would that be too American?
Frank Imburgio July 11, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Bath Salts are insidious. I applaud the AG's actions. Since bath salts are legal, a highly publicized lawsuit may be the only way to stop sales while we wait for appropriate legislature.
Paul L. July 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM
If the sale of these substances is illegal, then why couldn't the police arrest the owners/employees as they can when alcohol is illegally sold to a minor?
Randy July 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Because bath salts are NOT illegal. Yet...
Myles July 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Think of this more as "outlaw" than criminal. The war on drugs is a failure and the resources spent in this cat and mouse game is ridiculous. This store has been in the community for many many years and provides an alternative spirit to the town.
John July 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I don't get it. If the products aren't illegal then why can't they sell them? If they want them to stop selling them, then make them illegal!
John Gruber July 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
people will always find even crazier things to get high from, you can't just go around banning everything that these lunatics use to get their next high, you just have to understand there are messed up people out there who are so desperate to get high they'll try just about everything
pbug56 July 11, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Why didn't the legislature outlaw them? I'm guessing that Shelly Silver likes them, or has friends who like them. The end of so much needed NY legislation.
Angry Scott July 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
This is rediclulus. If the product isnt illegal yet then the state has no right to sue or take them to court for any reason. If no one complains and lets stuff like this continue when will it end?? Will the state decide what we can and can not take with out any proof that this stuff really does cause problems
pbug56 July 12, 2012 at 05:09 AM
The products should be illegal; they are very dangerous and are causing a lot of harm. That they are not illegal yet is the result of very bad legislation that makes it take new legislation when a new designer drug is created to make it illegal. That, and it's next to impossible to get the Assembly to act on anything important.
Paul L. July 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM
If they're not illegal, then on what grounds are they being sued? Instead of suing each individual business selling the stuff, just make the substances illegal.
Captain Harlock July 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Huffing spray paint gets you high, and yet the shelves at Home Depot are filled with cans.. When does the nonsense end ?
Rob Dallara March 08, 2013 at 07:31 PM
sigh....
Rob Dallara March 08, 2013 at 07:32 PM
thedea.org/neurotoxicity.html

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