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Perkins police raid head shop

Emil Whitis • Apr 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

For the second time in less than six months Perkins police raided a local head shop Wednesday and came out with armloads of synthetic drugs.

The question is — are they legal synthetic drugs?

At about 11:30 a.m. police, with help from the Ohio Department of Taxation, "surrounded" a small cluster of stores at 220 W. Perkins Ave. and then burst into Four Play.

See more photos from the raid by clicking HERE

Four Play owner Tony Sauseda, his girlfriend Jessica Niswander and employee Thomas Peck Jr. were indicted on drug charges stemming from a December raid. Soon after being arrested all posted bond so the store remained open for business.

"We received information that the business was continuing to sell illegal substances," Perkins police assistant Chief Robb Parthemore said. "These people think if they change the molecular structure just a little bit it's legal but that's not necessarily the case."

Parthemore said police hadn't yet completed a full inventory of what was confiscated from the store. Whether the synthetic drugs they confiscated are illegal remains unclear, Parthemore said.

"Once we get all this inventoried we'll send it to (the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation) for identification," he said. "They'll decide if it's similar enough (to banned substances) for charges."

Sauseda, Niswander and Peck each were previously indicted on drug possession and preparing for sale Methalone, MDPV and spice charges.

Read more on the raid in Thursday's Register.

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