ACT Policing has seized a quantity of synthetic cannabinoids during a search warrant executed on a retail outlet in Calwell yesterday (Tuesday, 23 December).
About 3.40pm, Criminal Investigations detectives executed a Crimes Act search warrant at the Butts and Brew store in Calwell after receiving information from the public.
During the search of the retail outlet police seized 285 1.5gram bags of ‘Rush’ brand packets of synthetic cannabinoids.
A number of persons are assisting police with their inquiries. Investigations are ongoing.
Earlier this year police seized 520 various brands and sized packets of synthetic cannabinoids during simultaneous search warrants executed on three retail outlets throughout Canberra. The value of the synthetic cannabinoids was estimated to be $25 000.
ACT Policing is reminding business owners that they have a responsibility to be aware of the content of products they are selling. The sale of synthetic drugs in the ACT is illegal.
If business owners are unsure of the content of their products then they need to consider removing them from their store completely or seek advice from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Penalties of up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $55 000 for persons and $275 000 for businesses may apply if the substances are proven to be illegal.
If you are concerned a business may be selling synthetic drugs you can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously online at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au or alternatively call 1800 333 000.
(ACT Policing Media Release)