SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Attorney General's office ordered on Friday a South Side convenience store to stop selling synthetic drugs.
“My office will not tolerate synthetic drugs being marketed as safe and legal substances when they present such devastating health risks to users,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “My office will do everything within its power to protect Texans from this growing threat.”
The Stop by Mart has been selling synthetic cannabinoids since at least 2015 when the San Antonio Police Department and the Tobacco Alcohol Beverage Commission found 300 packages of the drug. The packages were also marked as "Lab Certified Legal" and "This product does not contain illegal or banned ingredients," according to the AG's office.
Synthetic cannabinoids are illegal under Texas law and have been linked to numerous overdoses and deaths throughout the state.
A TABC inspection in 2016 found 177 packages at the same store.
The store's owner, Sung Kyu Choe, was also ordered to pay $50,000 in penalties.