Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00

"The Smoke Shop" Permanently Closed

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced that “The Smoke Shop” is closed permanently for the illegal storage and sale of “bath salts.” The closure comes as the result of a nuisance petition filed on March 7th, 2012 by the D.A.’s office. The store was temporarily closed pending a hearing in Division 14 (fourteen), Shelby County Environmental Court.
On Monday, April 16th Judge Larry Potter issued a permanent injunction against the business and the owner, Cameron Macrum. The injunction prohibits any further operation of the store located at 2125 Sycamore View Road.
“We are safer and stronger today because we have one less business selling illegal substances,” said D.A. Weirich. “This closure is particularly important because these drugs are marketed specifically to our young people. My office, the Drug Task Force and our federal colleagues will not stand by and let this poison continue to harm our kids.”
The West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force initiated the investigation after receiving information that illegal substances were sold at the location. Agents made controlled purchases of synthetic cocaine known as “Charge” from store employees. The purchases were sent to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the illegal substances Methlyone and MPPP were identified. Both are controlled substances in Tennessee. The WTDTF and federal law enforcement agencies executed search warrants and confiscated quantities of the illegal substance at Macrum’s home. An additional search warrant executed at a storage facility leased by Macrum yielded large amounts of containers presumed to contain controlled substances.
Sale of methylone is a class A misdemeanor. The sale of MPPP, a State and Federal Schedule 1 controlled substance, is a class B felony. Both substances are in class of synthetic stimulants sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant food” and are marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”, “Vanilla Sky” or “Bliss.” These products are illegal.