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Owner of The Garden/Chamber in Short North Arrested in bath salts bust

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  • #507708

    leftovers
    Member

    I have seen a couple of really whacked out people (much more whack than usual) wandering around IV. Hopefully this bust curbs it.

    #507709

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    I linger at the counter looking for any of the other easily recognizable names that bath salts are sold under: Potpourri, Plant Food, Jewelry Cleaner. Nothing. I do see tiny jars of synthetic marijuana, packets of Crystal Bubbly hookah pipe cleaner, electronic cigarettes, and dick-shaped bongs.

    So much new stuff, yes, but the classics endure. There were dick-and-balls pipes and bongs, etc., for sale on High Street 40 years ago.

    the chemicals most often found in bath salts — mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, and methylone

    Look on the bright side, you won’t have moths living in your head. Yet.

    #507710

    Mister Shifter
    Participant

    Any chance I get to repost this video, I’m taking it.

    #507711
    lazyfish
    lazyfish
    Participant

    I guess you could get amyl nitrate there also…sold as “head cleaner” for your VHS machine!

    #507712

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    lazyfish said:
    I guess you could get amyl nitrate there also…sold as “head cleaner” for your VHS machine!

    Legal?

    #507713

    Elizabeth Lessner
    Participant

    Tom’s been a good neighbor and a long time supporter of the Short North. His dedication to the north part of the Short North has really helped the area to come around in recent years. Tom’s late night hours and attention to lighting and safety on the street has enhanced the safety of the entire block. As his shops take up a good chunk of the developing block, I really hope his businesses can stay open…sans the bath salts of course.

    #507714

    lizless said:
    Tom’s been a good neighbor and a long time supporter of the Short North. His dedication to the north part of the Short North has really helped the area to come around in recent years. Tom’s late night hours and attention to lighting and safety on the street has enhanced the safety of the entire block. As his shops take up a good chunk of the developing block, I really hope his businesses can stay open…sans the bath salts of course.

    Hold up here… Are you actually defending a drug dealer? I wouldn’t call selling a ton of bath salts that make the regular short north crazies even crazier “helping the area” or “enhancing safety.”

    #507715

    bucki12
    Member

    It would be a little easier to sympathize if it were the first time. Not to mention the guy was busted with $70,000 of the crap in May. That isn’t a small time operation.

    http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/05/02/columbus-franklin-county-drug-task-force.html

    Wednesday May 2, 2012 7:38 PM

    The Joint, located on North High Street south of Ohio State’s campus, was temporarily shut down Wednesday when task force officials said that they found $70,000 worth of K2 and bath salts.

    Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said that hoped the raid was a chance to warn people about the danger of the drugs.

    “This is not the kind of stuff you want to experiment with,” Scott said. “You take this one time, and you’d be dead.”

    #507716

    mrmann
    Member

    $70,000!? I think they need to lock that asshole up and throw away the key. This kind of crap really fucks up neighborhoods. Generally, crime and drugs go hand in hand.

    #507717

    joev
    Participant

    Agree. Drug dealers definitely do not improve any neighborhood.

    Plus, even one instance of someone whacked out on bath salts eating off someone else’s face would be ruinous for the Short North.

    #507718

    TaraK
    Participant

    Sometimes people make both good and bad choices, act out of self-interest and the interest of others. From what Liz has written, it seems that his presence in the community has had a lot of positive effects, and, more recently, negative ones. While drug support is undoubtedly horrible, the closing of those stores would be a significant retail loss to that block. It’s possible to want to see the positive continue after the drug issues are settled/ended/prosecuted. It’s also feasible that this might be a needed loss, but still an unfortunate one. Things are often more complex than white hat/black hat.

    #507719

    Graybeak
    Participant

    joev said:
    Agree. Drug dealers definitely do not improve any neighborhood.

    Plus, even one instance of someone whacked out on bath salts eating off someone else’s face would be ruinous for the Short North.

    Reports that I read about the “face eating” incident autopsy show no sign of any of the ingredients generally found in “bath salts”. Just good old “safe” real marijuana.
    Miami Herald report

    #507720

    mrmann
    Member

    It seems a matter for the courts, but a head shop owner selling dangerous drugs while I assume on probation (from the last time) is definitely disregarding the public well being. Since he does not seem to respect the order of the courts I would imagine he would do it again. This is not the kind of ‘retail’ any area wants.

    #507721
    ntn
    ntn
    Participant

    TaraK said:
    Sometimes people make both good and bad choices, act out of self-interest and the interest of others. From what Liz has written, it seems that his presence in the community has had a lot of positive effects, and, more recently, negative ones. While drug support is undoubtedly horrible, the closing of those stores would be a significant retail loss to that block. It’s possible to want to see the positive continue after the drug issues are settled/ended/prosecuted. It’s also feasible that this might be a needed loss, but still an unfortunate one. Things are often more complex than white hat/black hat.

    I can reluctantly agree with this

    #507722

    Elizabeth Lessner
    Participant

    Like I said in my post, I don’t support any drug sales. My businesses have had plenty of experience dealing with people messed up in bath salts, just ask CPD or anyone on our staff.

    I am hoping all three retail shops can stay open as they employ an engaged staff that live in and care about the neighborhood, they sell unique products and they keep late hours which adds a sense of safety to the area.

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