DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines store has been barred from selling synthetic marijuana and the owners have been ordered to pay a $50,000 penalty by a Polk County judge.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller made the announcement Thursday. The case stems from a first-of-its-kind lawsuit.
Shop N Save, owned by Sarbpreet Singh and Sandeep Kaur located at 4685 NW 2nd Street, was accused of violating the Iowa Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act and the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act.
Police found an estimated 960 packages of synthetic substances during an undercover investigation which were labeled bath salts, plant food, and metal polish.
Despite the labels, Miller alleged the substances were marketed and sold to consumers for the specific purpose of being used as a drug.
DCI tested the products and found they were coated with tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical found in marijuana.
“This is the result we had hoped for,” Miller said. “We took these poisonous products off this store’s shelves, they won’t ever return, and the hefty penalty sends a strong message about selling synthetic drugs.”