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Archive for June, 2012

State laws working to keep down synthetic drug use

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — First it was spice. Then it was bath salts. Now, some folks are using what is advertised as a lady bug attractant to get high. But how easy is it to get your hands on the new synthetic drug “Amped” here in the Cape Fear?

“It takes that extra time for legislation to catch up with the ingenuity of the criminal mind,” said Wilmington Police detective Kevin Smith.

On to the next one… that’s what police say some substance abusers are doing once legal substances are banned. But, it’s not that easy to find the “party powders” in Wilmington.

Since legislation passed lasted year, designer drugs, like bath salts, have been outlawed in the state. Many stores that used to sell the products have packed up shop. Of the six stores we visited last summer while reporting on bath salts, only one is still open and does not have any powders for sale.

“They try and get as much out of it as they can in the shortest amount of time and then once it’s regulated, they just close up,” said Smith.

Although some synthetic drugs are illegal in North Carolina, they are not banned in other states and are for sale online. Smith says users should know though that if they purchase the drugs on the web, they will be flagged by the police department.

“If you have this stuff, number one, it’s extremely dangerous to use,” said Smith. “Number two, if you’re found in possesion of it you’re going to face strict penalties under the laws.”

Smith says North Carolina is pretty progressive in their laws and is leading the way for the rest of the country. He says the DEA is working to make new laws that would be enforceable nationwide.

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Accident leaves SUV wedged under concrete beam

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Belle of Topsail and Pirate Ship Raven staying in Surf City

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY)– Despite a looming eviction, the Beach House Marina in Surf City is still home to a few tourist attractions. The owners of the Belle of Topsail and the Pirate Ship Raven say they won’t be leaving town anytime soon.

“This guy calls up, Scott Erickson, he’s one of the owners of Century 21 Action, he says, ‘We’ve heard about the plight your going through, and the Wells Fargo issues and everything else,’ said Capt. David Luther, the owner of the Belle of Topsail and Pirate Ship Raven. “He says ‘David, there’s just no way you can leave this island, you’re too much a part of it.'”

Luther says his friends at Century 21, about 200 yards from the Beach House Marina, are going to let him set up shop in their back yard.

Luther hopes the lawsuit that he filed against Wells Fargo will buy him a few more weeks in their current location while they are waiting on their new permits to be processed.

“It’s been a roller coaster without any relief.” said Luther. “Until things like this happen, with the real estate company saying ‘Here come and stay with us.'”

The news is a blessing for many area businesses who share their customers as well.

“They shut all the doors on him but then somebody manned up and said ‘Hey, come over here, we’ll help you’, and I think that’s wonderful,” said Peter Outlaw, owner of the Crab Pot.

Luther says the other tenants at the Beach House Marina plan on moving out when the bank applies more pressure.

The Belle and Raven could be in their new location by the end of June.

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Boiling Spring Lakes police chief welcomes SBI investigation

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Ballree said he was uncertain what the investigators were looking at.

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Calabash man charged with felony drug possession

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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