Below is a press release sent January 18, 2017, by Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office:
AUSTIN – In his latest effort to protect Texans from the scourge of dangerous synthetic drugs, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a lawsuit against the Dallas convenience store Hi Flamez and its owner, Mohamed Bakr, to stop the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.
Hi Flamez is accused of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by selling synthetic pot to customers without informing them that the substances are illegal and potentially hazardous to their health. Attorney General Paxton is asking the Dallas County District Court to grant a temporary injunction and temporary restraining order against Bakr to halt all activities related to the sale of controlled substances.
During a three-month investigation, officers from the Narcotics Division of the Dallas Police Department made several undercover buys of synthetic pot from Hi Flamez. Dozens of packages labeled as Scooby Snax, White Tiger, and Kush were seized and tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids. The packages confiscated by authorities neglected to disclose that the products’ ingredients included toxic synthetic chemicals.
While synthetic drug packages may include a claim that the product is “legal for sale in all 50 states,” it is against the law in Texas to manufacture, deliver or possess a synthetic cannabinoid. Synthetic drugs have been linked to overdoses in Texas and throughout the United States and can cause paranoia, hallucinations, seizures, psychotic episodes, suicidal thoughts and death.