Syracuse head shop included in state lawsuit over synthetic drug sales

The State Attorney General is fighting back against head shops that may be violating the state's labeling laws by selling designer drugs, like bath salts.

On Tuesday, Erie Schneiderman announced 12 lawsuits have been filed.

One of the stores facing a lawsuit is Twisted Headz on North Salina Street in Syracuse.

Schneiderman made the announcement in Rochester, after an undercover investigation found employees at Look ah Hookah were illegally selling and promoting synthetic drugs.

"The proliferation of illegal synthetic drugs has become a national crisis. In Rochester and across the state, our undercover investigations have revealed the widespread sales and promotion of bath salts and other dangerous drugs that are destroying people's lives," said Attorney General Schneiderman.

An undercover video investigation found head shops were labeling the products with names like "MJ Blueberry Aromatic Potpourri," "Bizarro," "AMPED," "VOODOO" or "Cali Crunch."

The products were marketed with false descriptions such as "incense," "butterfly attractant," "glass cleaner," "potpourri," "sachets," "dietary supplements," or other common household products, according to Schneiderman.

Some products had no label at all and most lacked comprehensive ingredient listings.

Federal and state laws require all consumer products be labeled to describe net contents, identity of the product, and the name and place of business of the product's manufacturer, packer, and distributor.

The State Attorney General's lawsuits also target retailers for illegally selling nitrous oxide. Commonly known as "Whip Its," nitrous oxide has been linked to several deaths by asphyxiation and other adverse health effects.

The following stores are named in the lawsuit:

-Pavilion International in Buffalo and Commack

-Look Ah Hookah in Rochester (2 locations)

-Twisted Headz in Syracuse

-Trip on the Wild Side II in Watertown

-Rolling Fire Glassworks in Binghamton

-Goodfellas Alternative Smoke Shop in Utica

-20 Below/ This and That in Plattsburgh

-Shining Star Enterprises in Albany

-Giggles in Poughkeepsie

-Village Sensations in Nanuet

-East Coast Psychedelics in Oceanside and Commack

-Daze Smoke Shop in Baldwin

There have been a number of dangerous incidents involving people using bath salts in Central New York. Click here to read more.