PARIS, TX - Yesterday the DEA announced their largest synthetic drug bust ever, but how did it affect the people of Paris?
After the smoke cleared four residences, two businesses and one night club in Paris were all part of the worldwide war on synthetic drugs.
Police Chief Bob Hundley says it took three years to nab a group suspected of selling "K-2" and bath salts because they were able to dodge the law.
"He informed me cool and quick that he was in it for the money and he didn't really care what it did to anyone else." said Hundley. "He also told me that we will just keep changing the chemical compound, you will never get us."
Da' Waterpipe and Sweet Dee's, both on North Main, were searched and according to police Da' Waterpipe's owner Robert Reaves had over two million dollars in assets seized in April.
Eric Hines works next door to Sweet Dee's, which the D-E-A shut down, but before they did Hines says he saw an unusual number of cars coming and going.
"Probably at least 60 to 80 at one point. They didn't stay very long, it was in and out of the store." says Hines.
According to Paris Region Medical Center Director of Emergencies, Doug LaMendola these drugs are very dangerous.
"What it does when you smoke it, it basically limits the amount of oxygen that goes to your brain." said LaMendola.
Hines says a lot has changed since Sweet Dee's has been shut down.
"It's been a lot quieter, no traffic in and out over there, not a whole lot of trash from it, just the remaining stuff from when they closed." said HInes. "Just real quiet."
Mayor AJ Hashmi says he hopes the bust sent a message to synthetic drug distributors in Paris.
"We will not tolerate these crimes in the city and I want to thank the DEA and the police department for a job well done." said Hashmi.