by Alicia Neaves
ODESSA - The City of Odessa may have banned synthetic drugs. But one family claims, the drugs are still being sold. They claim one of their loved ones bought it in town.
A viewer emailed NewsWest 9 telling us her family member was using synthetic drugs.
She claims it was bought at the Smoke Alley Shop in Odessa. So we decided to stop by the store and see for ourselves.
Smoke Alley off of 16th and Texas in Odessa is receiving a lot of attention lately but for the wrong reasons.
Typically, stores that sell smoke accessories are in the limelight because some allegedly sell synthetic drugs.
Some are commonly known as synthetic marijuana, "Spice" or "K2." According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, they are most often sold as herbal incense, potpourri, bath salts and jewelry cleaner.
The city ordinance passed by the City of Odessa in September regulates the sale of these products.
The ordinance strictly says that if they are sold within 800 feet from certain establishments, such as a church, a school, a park or a residential zoning district, that is a violation.
The viewer who e-mailed NewsWest 9 said her family member bought synthetic drugs which were sold in a tin rectangular bin.
When NewsWest 9 stepped inside the store, NewsWest 9 found exactly what the viewer was talking about. A store representative spoke with us and only let the cameras of NewsWest 9 inside to get an exclusive look at the products.
We came to find that inside these tin boxes was purely potpourri. Each box has a different scent that consumers can place under their seat in the car, in the bathroom or where ever they choose.
Since July, Smoke Alley has been under new management.
They say their main goal is to remain a clean establishment and steer away from the stereotype that they sell illegal items.
The store representative said that no one under the age of 19 is allowed in the store because she knows that a high school is nearby and prefers not to have any of the store's products in the hands of minors.
Smoke Alley invites anyone who might be suspicious of what is sold to go inside and see for themselves that it is in fact a clean establishment.