East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on Sunday arrested the owner of Paradise Smoke Shop on Florida Boulevard and accused him of creating a synthetic marijuana drug lab at the store and selling the product to his customers.
Chad Schaffer, 49, was arrested on counts of creation/operation of a drug lab and distribution/manufacturing of Schedule I drugs.
After receiving an anonymous tip, narcotics detectives conducted an undercover investigation that began Oct. 1 of Paradise Smoke Shop, 9789 Florida Blvd., Suite A, the report says.
An unidentified woman working at the shop sold an undercover agent a pack of synthetic marijuana known as Black Magic, according to the report. The marijuana was later submitted to the Louisiana State Police crime lab where it tested positive as a controlled, dangerous substance that is included on a list of banned drugs, according to the report.
The detectives obtained a warrant and searched the business Oct. 9, the report said, and located 255.6 grams of the synthetic marijuana.
In a back office, detectives discovered multiple boxes containing hundreds of empty synthetic marijuana packs and large, empty containers with synthetic marijuana residue, the report said. The back office was believed to be a laboratory where Schaffer and his employees took raw synthetic marijuana and packaged it into smaller bags for distribution, according to the report.
Schaffer was not present during the search, but deputies contacted him by phone. He told a deputy he “could not believe this was happening again,” especially after his lawyer had “that stuff tested at a lab,” the report said.
Schaffer, 7104 Meadow Park Apt. 7, said he was out of town and would not be back for a while. The officer told him an arrest warrant would be issued and he should turn himself in once he returned.
It was unclear whether he turned himself in to authorities on Sunday or he was picked up.