PAWTUCKET - Businesses in Pawtucket are being asked to turn over bath
salts, a synthetic narcotic, to the police department.
New laws have recently made them illegal.
But at one point, they were sold freely over the counter at
smoke shops and convenience stores, in clever packaging, with names like "spice"
or "synthetic pot."
"Before on the back it would say, like, not for
humans... but the people still use it," said Chaudhary Sajjad, manager at Newport Express.
To bring store owners up–to–speed, a letter was sent from
the Pawtucket Police Department earlier this week. It alerts shops that ingredients found in those products are
now considered schedule 1 narcotics.
Many have already cleared their shelves.
"Some people really get angry when you tell them no, I don't
sell that anymore. They get mad," said Sajjad.
For the stores that still stock the drugs, police are asking
them to voluntarily turn over the products.
They say, owners won't be charged with any criminal
"We always like to work with the community and we felt that
it was better to form a partnership with them and be proactive on the incident
rather than reactive," said Detective Sgt.. Paul Brandley.
Shops have until the end of the month to bring those
products here to the police department, or work out other arrangements with
Beginning November first, police will begin strict
enforcement of the news laws by going to businesses they believe may still
have them, and seizing them, as well as pressing charges.