Local Police Crackdown on Coastal Bend Head Shops

It was a stunning sweep of local head shops on Friday, as police and federal agents teamed up for a crackdown. Their goal was to stop the sale of synthetic marijuana.

Eight shops in all were shut down.

Kiii News Reporter Anayeli Ruiz went Live from police headquarters with the latest.

Police are not releasing much information yet. The Corpus Christi Police Department's Narcotics Vice Investigations Division, Gang Unit, Organized Crime Unit and uniformed patrol officers kicked off an operation called "Imitation Nation." They served eight search warrants and eight arrest warrants at various head shops throughout Corpus Christi.

The warrants were issued as a result of a 16-month undercover investigation by the NVID, into the selling and distributing of illegal synthetic marijuana products and illegal drug paraphernalia.

One local mother said she goes to those head shops every day, praying that they will be closed down. She said it is very easy to buy synthetic marijuana, and her son is addicted to it; and he is not even 18 year old.

"They have continued to open up more shops," she said. "I noticed they're getting rich, and our kids are leaving us one by one. I'm ecstatic that something is finally being done."

These are the locations that police raided:

Mr. Nice Guys, 1635 S. Staples
Mr. Nice Guys, 5433 S. Staples
S&G #1, 4820 Kostoryz Suite A
S&G #2 Magic Mushroom, 5520 Everhart Road
S&G #3 Escape, 4147 Five Points Road
Flashbacks, 4818 Shopping Way
Puff 'n' Stuff, 10338 SPID
Sampsons, 14902 Trinity River Drive

Police held a press conference Friday night to release more information about Operation Imitation Nation.


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