LIVINGSTON, La (NBC33) — There's been another synthetic drug bust in Livingston parish. Now deputies say, it may not be on the shelves anymore, but it's still in dealers hands.
"I think it's the devil in the bag, without a doubt," says Chief Criminal Deputy Jason Ard.
Just days after the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office did a parish-wide sweep for fake weed, they made another big bust. Deputies found $50,000 worth of drugs in Troy Ouber's home, along with several hundred dollars in marijuana.
"His plan was to either put it back on the shelves or sell it in the street," says Ard.
He worries that this arrest is just the beginning. Now that all types of synthetic drugs have been outlawed from being sold in stores, deputies think people will find other ways to get their hands on it.
"We'll start finding it in the streets and on the black market," he says.
That's why law enforcement won't let up. They say the fake drug problem isn't going away, but they're doing everything they can to make it tough for dealers to sell the drugs.
"All we can do is fight it everyday, and I think there is hope out there. I think we can make a difference," says Ard.