- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma judge has ruled that items confiscated during 2015 raids at a now-closed pipe shop in Norman should be returned to its owner.

Special Judge Steve Stice tells The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/2uP10ej ) that he couldn’t determine whether the items confiscated, which include assorted glass pipes and rolling papers, were drug paraphernalia. He says the state and city attorneys didn’t have evidence that showed the items confiscated from the Friendly Market shouldn’t be returned to owner Robert Cox.

Assistant City Attorney Rick Knighton says the city will abide by the court’s ruling. Assistant District Attorney Heather Darby says she’ll consult with District Attorney Greg Mashburn before making a decision about an appeal.

Cox and his attorney, Blake Lynch, say they’re pleased with the ruling. Cox says he also would like to reopen his store.

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

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