Federal law enforcement officials raided a head shop in Watertown, as part of a crack down on the sale of synthetic drugs across the state.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) headed the investigation, with the assistance of Watertown Police, at local head shop Tebb’s, located off of Eastern Blvd. and State Street.
During the raid, one customer was inside and says he was handcuffed and released outside of the shop. An employee of the store was removed and transported away from the business while law enforcement agencies searched the premises.
Tebb’s Head Shop has been known for the sale of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and synthetic marijuana, according to witnesses on scene.
After the investigation and raid ended, law enforcement officials removed a large box containing evidence, and locked the business doors.
At this time the DEA was not available for comment, but gave MyABC50.com reporter Holly Boname contact with an agent in the New York City Office.
Watertown/Syracuse (WSYR-TV/myABC50.com) – Police agencies are executing a crackdown on numerous “head shops” located throughout Central and Northern New York.
In Watertown, Tebb's Head Shop was targeted with one employee reported to be taken into custody and police were questioning one customer.
In Syracuse, there were reports of people being escorted from stores in handcuffs.
The campaign stems from Federal legislation recently passed banning multiple chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs.
Police are primarily targeting the Tebbs chain of so-called head shops, which has stores in several locations across the state.
Synthetic drugs, which include the subcategory popularly called “bath salts,” have been linked to a number of bizarre and often violent incidents in Central New York – particularly Onondaga and Oneida counties.