Just ten minutes before Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, County Executive Mark Hackel and Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis paid a visit to Woodstock Tobacco on Van Dyke Monday evening after hearing reports that the store was selling synthetic marijuana, store owners were tipped off, according to Stathakis.
Stathakis said he had received at least four separate reports that the store in Shelby Township continued to sell K2, also known as Spice, even after
Under the order, businesses that sell Spice or any other synthetic drug could face a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail or a $200 fine.
After going through cupboards, and checking behind the counter, Hackel and Wickersham did not find any K2 being sold.
"They were very uncooperative. When people cooperate, that means they have nothing to hide," said Stathakis.
Fox 2 News captured the encounter on camera.
Stathakis said he believes a teen user overheard a parent, who had filed a complaint with officials, talk about how the Sheriff's Department planned to search the store Monday evening.
The teen overheard the conversation at a nearby restaurant less than 15 minutes before officials entered and tipped off the store, according to Stathakis.
Even though no Spice was found at the store, Stathakis said he hopes businesses understand how serious officials are taking this.
"I think we sent a message that we'll use every available resource and tools to remove this K2 garbage from store shelves," he said.