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Owner claims his business is no synthetic drug lab

Owner claims his business is no synthetic drug lab

By Drew Karedes. CREATED Mar 29, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Police call it a synthetic drug lab, but the owner claims his business does nothing more than buy and sell premade legal products.

Detectives raided the location in the 2700 block of Lamb, near Cheyenne, on Thursday morning.

Officers were originally called to the northeast valley warehouse by an alarm that inadvertently went off. Police claim to have seized more than 150 pounds of synthetic stimulants.

However, the owner of Domestic Oddities, believes police have things twisted.

He says his business does not manufacture bath salts or spice despite strong allegations being made by police. 

"We are getting our rights stripped from us, the whole nine yards," said owner Brett McSpadden. "When they get the chemical analysis back, they'll find out that there are no synthetic cannabinoids in my product. There is no banned substances in my product."

Brett McSpadden says his business buys products, including herbal potpourri, incense and E-Cigarettes, and then markets them as different brands.

"What ya'll are doing is ya'll are blowing this way out of proportion," explained McSpadden.

Police believe they discovered an estimated $5 million dollars worth of a substance that is now illegal. Nonetheless, detectives can't be sure that the products that are being sold are in fact banned in the state of Nevada.

Police are waiting on results from a full chemical analysis to proceed forward. 

According to police, it could take weeks to determine if what was confiscated contains banned compounds because drug manufacturers often alter recipes.

Lawmakers recently outlawed several compounds used in synthetic drugs.

"We are working very hard to improve our laws to ensure that stuff like this does not affect our community," said Lt. Pete Boffelli with Las Vegas Metro Police.

This is only the second synthetic lab that detectives have discovered in the Las Vegas Valley. Police say they want to stop this before it becomes a trend in Nevada.

Police say it doesn't matter if the labels state that the products are "not for human consumption".

"When they sit and say that it's not for human consumption, that's what they're selling it for," added Lt. Boffelli.

Two people present at the warehouse on Thursday morning were questioned. Police say possible charges are pending.

Brett McSpadden believes police are using the gray area of state law to use his business as an example.

"If I'm not selling it and the businessmen aren't selling it, then the gangsters will. The real scum of the earth will.. the ones that do kill people and harm people and don't pay taxes."