- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Norman’s police department and local prosecutors have taken a tough stance on the sale of glass pipes, despite criticism from some.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/2eyCOtS ) reports that over the past decade, the police department has shut down retail stores and threatened action against convenience stores accused of selling drug paraphernalia such as glass pipes and other smoking accessories.

District attorney Greg Mashburn has said that stores were targeted because they were breaking the law.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen says the department’s current stance stems from citizen complaints about the sale of such products. Critics say Norman police and Cleveland County prosecutors are being heavy-handed and point out that glass pipes and other products are readily available across Oklahoma.

Jensen says the department cannot speak for other agencies and the way they enforce laws.

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

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