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Police release names of clerks cited in synthetic marijuana crackdown

By Sarah Thomas
March 13, 2014 at 4:48 a.m.

The Longview Police Department on Thursday released the names of five people ticketed this past week for selling potpourri - a substance more commonly referred to and used as synthetic  marijuana.

<strong>Those ticketed were:</strong>

Kunegunda Marie Abbott - Scooby Snax, 1214 E. Marshall Ave.

Angel Manuel Uveda - Wildflowers Gift Shop, 1320 E. Marshall Ave.

Timothy Juliano - Wildflowers Gift Shop, 3808 Gilmer Road

Payne Allen Chaison - The Glass Dragon, 807 N. Fredonia St.

Joshua Taraus Toliver - The Glass Dragon, 904 Pine Tree Road

The citations were issued under Texas Penal Code Section 32.42, subsection B4, which deals with deceptive business practices and states "A person  commits an offense if in the  course of business he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence" sells "adulterated or mislabeled commodity."

Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said the statute gives law enforcement agencies room to penalize clerks who work at places such as the Glass Dragon, Wildflowers and  Scooby Snax, each of which  have locations in Longview that sell the potpourri.

The offense is a Class C misdemeanor, and violators face up to a $500 fine for the first offense. A second violation results in a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $4,000.

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