Three markets padlocked for selling synthetic opiates; thousands of bottles seized from wholesale locations

Three Nashville convenience markets that peddle liquid “relaxation shots” containing a chemical specifically banned by Tennessee law because of its opiate characteristics are now shut down after Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier declared them to be public nuisances in temporary injunctions and padlocking orders issued Monday.
Mar 17, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Nashville Metro police) These bottles represent a sample of what undercover detectives bought during their investigation of the three markets.
(Photo courtesy of Nashville Metro police) Nashville Metro police Chief Steve Anderson, joined by District Attorney Torry Johnson and state Sen. Mae Beavers, said the synthetic opiate liquid sold by the markets poses a danger to the health and safety of the community.
(Photo courtesy of Nashville Metro police) Additional boxes of bottles believed to contain the synthetic opiate chemical were seized Monday afternoon from Rum Wholesale on Dickerson Pike and FAB Wholesale on Fernco Drive.
(Photo courtesy of Nashville Metro police) Market Discount Tobacco & Beer on Robinson Road is one of the markets closed and padlocked Monday.
(Photo courtesy of Nashville Metro police) Additional boxes of bottles believed to contain the synthetic opiate chemical were seized Monday afternoon from Rum Wholesale on Dickerson Pike and FAB Wholesale on Fernco Drive.

 

Three Nashville convenience markets that peddle liquid “relaxation shots” containing a chemical specifically banned by Tennessee law because of its opiate characteristics are now shut down after Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier declared them to be public nuisances in temporary injunctions and padlocking orders issued Monday.

The markets involved were Market Discount Tobacco & Beer at 862 Robinson Road with Mina Yousef listed as owner; Madison Discount Tobacco & Beer at 1442 Gallatin Pike N. with Jimmy Patel listed as owner; and Litton’s Corner Market at 2830 Gallatin Pike with Hanna Anki listed as owner.

Ongoing work by undercover officers from Nashville Metro’s specialized investigations division and Madison Precinct, in coordination with the district attorney’s office, revealed the three markets sell bottles of product, such as “Viva Zen,” “Mr. Smiley Kratom Relaxation Shot” and “Mr. Smiley Euphoria Party Shot” for about $10 per bottle. 

An analysis by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation laboratory of the liquids bought by undercover officers revealed the presence of the chemical Mitragynine, a psychoactive agent that mimics the effects of opiates ranging from sedation to pain reduction to intense euphoria.  Mitragynine has also been found to cause a host of opiate side effects, including nausea, dizziness, constipation and, in the worst cases, hallucinations and delusions.

As the padlocking orders were executed, detectives received information two Nashville wholesalers were storing significant quantities of the substance.  Nearly 4,000 bottles were seized Monday afternoon from Rum Wholesale on Dickerson Pike and FAB Wholesale on Fernco Drive.

 

The Tennessee General Assembly in 2013 declared Mitragynine and chemicals like it to be illegal and made it a crime to manufacture, distribute or sell any product containing such substances.

“In recent years, certain convenience markets in our city have elected to sell chemicals, made who knows where, that mimic the effects of controlled substances like marijuana and opiate pain killers,” Nashville Metro police Chief Steve Anderson said. “We believe these liquids to be inherently dangerous and a threat to the health and safety of this community.  Market owners who choose to deal in these products should see today as yet another indication that we are very serious about keeping these liquids off the streets.”

District Attorney Torry Johnson, whose office filed the public nuisance complaints, said the message being sent to markets today and in prior months couldn’t be clearer.

“The nuisance statute has proven to be a very effective tool in helping combat those businesses that make substances like this available to our community,” Johnson said.  “Any stores or businesses that continue to sell and provide these illegal substances risk being shut down.” 

The three markets padlocked Monday will remain closed until at least March 24, when their owners are to appear before Dozier during an 11 a.m. hearing.

Comments

doittuit

There are so many things completely wrong about this article that would take too long to write them all out here...but I'm going to power through it, because my ADD medications still working. Firstly and most importantly kratom is not in anyway shape or form synthetic. I know it comes in the packages that look similar to spice and the other harmful synthetics like mephedrone, but kratom doesn't deserve to be even considered a synthetic. It comes from a tree that grows naturally in Thailand and other Asian countries, and has been for thousands of years. Those drinks Vivazen just use an extract of the leaf, and not just the plain leaf. It makes a little more rich in alkaloids, but should not be labeled as legal heroin. As well as being a natural leaf from a tree it also doesn't cause cause respiratory depression, which is usually a big problem with regular opioids.

"Side effects...hallucinations and delusions." that is the biggest load of shit I've read about this plant. I've taken the regular leaf version for 3 years and the worst side effect I got was nausea and vomiting, but that was because I took too much at once. Which is why you also can't overdose on kratom. You'll throw up before you are able to consume enough alkaloids to cause an overdose. With all my years taking kratom I've never experienced a delusion or hallucination. You can sometimes nod out if you take a lot of extracts or plain leaf, but not enough to cause the nausea or vomiting. If anything this plant should remain legal as its benefits far outweighs any bad's it could have. It's all natural, doesn't cause respiratory depression, heroin addicts and other strong opioid addicts use it to get off the harder opioids, because of kratoms effects on minimizing withdrawals and also the withdrawals for leaf kratom are not nearly as intense as other more potent opiates.

So please media don't throw kratom around on television saying it's legal heroin, dilaudid or oxy, and don't say that it's a synthetic either as it's simply not true and wrong to say in names of getting more viewers. Humans should have the right to put whatever they want in their body, and that the government shouldn't be able to tell us what is and is not acceptable to do with my own body.

doittuit

There are so many things completely wrong about this article that would take too long to write them all out here...but I'm going to power through it, because my ADD medications still working. Firstly and most importantly kratom is not in anyway shape or form synthetic. I know it comes in the packages that look similar to spice and the other harmful synthetics like mephedrone, but kratom doesn't deserve to be even considered a synthetic. It comes from a tree that grows naturally in Thailand and other Asian countries, and has been for thousands of years. Those drinks Vivazen just use an extract of the leaf, and not just the plain leaf. It makes it a little more rich in alkaloids, but should not be labeled as legal heroin. As well as being a natural leaf from a tree it also doesn't cause cause respiratory depression, which is usually a big problem with regular opioids.

"Side effects...hallucinations and delusions." that is the biggest load of shit I've read about this plant. I've taken the regular leaf version for 3 years and the worst side effect I got was nausea and vomiting, but that was because I took too much at once. Which is why you also can't overdose on kratom. You'll throw up before you are able to consume enough alkaloids to cause an overdose. With all my years taking kratom I've never experienced a delusion or hallucination. You can sometimes nod out if you take a lot of extracts or plain leaf, but not enough to cause the nausea or vomiting.

If anything this plant should remain legal as its benefits far outweighs any bad's it could have. It's all natural, doesn't cause respiratory depression, heroin addicts and other strong opioid addicts use it to get off the harder opioids, because of kratoms effects on minimizing withdrawals and also the withdrawals for leaf kratom are not nearly as intense as other more potent opiates. So please media don't throw kratom around on television saying it's legal heroin, dilaudid or oxy, and don't say that it's a synthetic either as it's simply not true and wrong to say in names of getting more viewers. Humans should have the right to put whatever they want in their body, and that the government shouldn't be able to tell us what is and is not acceptable to do with my own body.

 

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