NY Attorney General suing owner of Tebbâ??s Head Shops

Tebb's Head Shopin Rome

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that, following an undercover investigation, his office filed a new lawsuit against Tebb's Head Shops for the sale of bath salts and synthetic drugs for its violation of New Yorkâ??s labeling laws.

Schneiderman is suing the owner of the Tebb's Head Shops chain John Tebbetts III, of Rome, for violating the State's labeling laws by selling designer drugs such as "bath salts" and "synthetic marijuana." Tebbets owns and operates eight head shops across Central and Northern New York.

This is one of the 12 lawsuits against 16 head shops that Schneiderman filed last month.

"Tebb's head shops have brazenly profited from the illegal sale and promotion of dangerous synthetic drugs and have contributed to a dramatic public health crisis in New York State," said Schneiderman in a release. "If these head shops are not going to play by the rules, we will use the rules to stop them in their tracks. We will not tolerate the flagrant sale of bath salts and other illegal drugs in our communities."

This is the newest action taken against head shops that are accused of selling synthetic drugs. A State Supreme Court Judge issued a temporary injunction against synthetic drugs sold at the Twisted Headz store in Syracuse last month.

The Tebb's store locations included in Schneiderman's lawsuit are: 105 Main Street, Oneida; 317 West Fayette Street, Syracuse; 252 Genesee Street, Utica; 152 North Main Street, Herkimer; 144 Eastern Boulevard, Watertown; 8097 Brewerton Road, Cicero; 515 North Salina Street, Syracuse; and 4200 South Salina Street, Syracuse.