A number of police cruisers were parked outside TG’s bait shop in Alexandria on Thursday as the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search for illegal synthetic drugs, officials said.
After making purchases during an investigation at the store, investigators found sufficient probable cause to seek a search warrant, according to Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade. This search was carried out on Thursday, when synthetic drugs were found and confiscated inside the bait shop, located off Alabama 144 in Alexandria.
Wade said the store had recently changed hands, and shortly after the new owners arrived, he started receiving reports that the store was selling illegal substances.
“I know stores sell this stuff, but it’s very confusing about what’s legal and what’s illegal,” Wade said. “These boxes were marked ‘sold as illegal drugs’. So whether they were or not, they were packaged as such.
Wade said it was not marijuana and the chemical composition of the synthetic types was unknown, which made it very dangerous. He said just because the product is labeled as THC or marijuana doesn’t mean it is.
“There have been many reports of people killing themselves after using synthetics – it’s a very dangerous thing,” Wade said.
The amount confiscated from the bait shop was not disclosed. Wade said he doesn’t have those numbers yet — only that “we took whatever they had.”
No arrests had been made Thursday, according to Wade. Confiscated substances will be sent for testing, and if illegal substances are found, the store owner will be held accountable and arrested, Wade said.