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Oildale tobacco shop shut down for selling spice

Posted at 11:40 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 02:40:59-04

A tobacco shop in Oildale has temporarily lost its health permit after sheriff's deputies say the store was selling the illegal substance spice, a form of synthetic marijuana that is illegal in California.

The Kern County Department of Public Health says they received several tips from the community that Oildale Tobacco and Discount Store was selling the drug. A health inspector went in for an inspection but found no visible spice.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office was called and through an undercover investigation, they were able to purchase spice from the shop on Monday.

Two local mothers say they have been reporting these shops to authorities because their sons both used spice, one died of an overdose.

Opal Cook lost her 22-year-old son to a spice overdose almost four years ago. Shyanne McGee says her son has been addicted to spice for six years and is now homeless.

The permit suspension means the store cannot sell any food or tobacco products for thirty days. If it happens again, they will be shut down for good.