- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police have arrested the owners of two smoke shops after authorities raided their shops Friday during a crackdown on the sale of synthetic marijuana.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/OU2Ntr ) police booked Demond Eames, 40, of Prairieville, and Bruce Moore, 47, of Baton Rouge, Tuesday on possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.

Eames and Moore are co-owners of the Fun Smoke Shop and Fun Time Novelties Smoke Shop, McKneely said.

So far eight people have been arrested as a result of the raid.

The Friday crackdown came one day after local health and law enforcement leaders held a news conference warning people about the danger of synthetic marijuana and a spike in synthetic marijuana overdose deaths.

In the two weeks before the news conference, Baton Rouge-area hospitals treated about 100 people suffering from suspected synthetic marijuana overdoses.

During the raids, authorities seized more than 26 pounds of synthetic marijuana in the raids.

Four employees, two from each store, were arrested and booked on possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.

Two customers in the Fun Time Novelties Smoke Shop were arrested and booked on possession of Schedule II drugs.

It was unclear whether Eames and Moore have attorneys.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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