- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies recently have targeted several central Oklahoma shops that sell glass pipes and other merchandise that they believe were being used as drug paraphernalia.

Some businesses post disclaimer signs that say that their products are intended for tobacco use only, and that they won’t sell to anyone they suspect of using them for illegal substances, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1IfkHei ) reported.

But attorney Travis White for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said that several stores knowingly sell their products to a customer who intends to use them to smoke marijuana. White said that’s where it crosses into a criminal offense.

State law says an item can be classified in several ways as drug paraphernalia, including if it contains drug residue or if it’s found in close proximity to drugs.

Two Norman stores closed after they were raided by police. Synthetic marijuana wasn’t found at the shops unlike a March 24 multi-agency raid at an Oklahoma City business, in which thousands of packages of synthetic marijuana were seized and the owners were accused of money laundering.

Another Oklahoma City store was raided in April, but the U.S. attorney’s office declined to release documents or details on that operation.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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